Manchester is the city in which I was brought up. I would regard it as England's second city, although people from Birmingham may not agree! The City of Manchester itself has a population of about 450,000, while the complete urban area of Greater Manchester has about 2.5 million people.
There are some grim parts of Manchester, some of which I have captured here, but the City centre is getting less grim, and at the moment is one big building site (some of which I have also captured here!)
The first pictures are in the city centre and the last around the outskirts of Manchester. Photos taken generally 2003-2008.