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Bee Sustainable

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Bury-based renewable energy co-operative seeking to bring community energy generation and community ownership together.

The Fallowfield Loopline

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the 21st Century relevance of 19th Century urban infrastructure.

Ancoats Canal Project

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles efforts to revitalize an old industrial infrastructure in Ancoats.

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

Tonkin Liu to bridge the Irwell

As the winning design for a new Salford footbridge is announced, Phil Griffin considers what bridging the Irwell could mean for the city.

Greening of Stevenson Sq, courtesy of Cityco Manchester

So what have trees ever done for us?

Pete Stringer from the Red Rose Forest team outlines the multi-faceted value of street trees and why they are a significant, but worthwhile, investment.

Pulling together for a green and blue city

Mark Hillsdon reports on the work of Manchester: A Certain Future's Green & Blue Infrastructure Group.

The Alternative? Incredible Edible Beer Garden, Eagle and Child

The Alternative? Elisa Burrai profiles the Incredible Edible Beer Garden at the Eagle and Child pub in Ramsbottom

Manchester Garden City - Victoria Street - courtesy of CityCo Manchester

Public Health and the Great Green Uplift of our Urban Ecosystem

'Would you favour schemes which maintain, improve, enhance and increase green space and waterways in and around Manchester?' Ask most people in Manchester this question and you’ll get an emphatic 'yes', of course. 

Saddleworth Community Hydro

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles a social investment to re-vitalise pre-existing technologies and assets.

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