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Mean feet

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Always good value, Wayne Hemingway gave the keynote speech at Salford’s Design Guidance event last week. Rejecting taxi, tram or stretch limo in favour of sustainable transport, the designer chose to walk from the railway station to his gig at the Lowry (no mean feat in itself!). This allowed a thorough perusal of the city’s leafy corridors – all captured on Wayne’s digital camera and dropped into PowerPoint for the 10.30am presentation. Sadly for Salford – soon to be home to 5,000 relocated BBC employees – Wayne was less than enthusiastic, cataloguing a series of litter-strewn verges and decaying underpasses. ‘This isn’t urban grit, it’s urban shit,’ he informed the professional gathering, claiming that Salford is going to have to raise its game to woo back the necessary middle-class families and ‘early adopters’ if they are not to prefer Manchester’s southern suburbs. With up to 50 senior BBC executives visiting Salford this week, let’s hope they don’t choose to walk from the station as well.

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