Talk:Northern Quarter (Manchester)

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Good work[edit]

I'd just like to say thanks to the anonymous people/person who have/has put in such good work in this article - it's coming along nicely. Maybe you can create an account and I can award you a barnstar... Cormaggio @ 14:09, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

Okay thanks, that's pretty gratifying. I have no idea what a barnstar is or what I would do with one, but go ahead. --Vjam 15:49, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

N4[edit]

This edit prompted me to rearrange the references in the article (by name as opposed to number), though it doesn't affect the layout in any way. However, it's a valid question that I wasn't able to find the answer to anywhere - does anyone know why the Northern Quarter is sometimes called N4? Cormaggio @ 17:33, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Have changed to "denoted as N4", since I'm pretty sure no normal person has ever said this out loud. As for the question, I suspect a combination of tossiness and the fact that computer keyboards don't make it easy to do a quarter symbol. --Vjam 21:05, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

Question. I lived in Manchester until I was 33, and worked on Oldham St for some time, and I NEVER heard anyone use the expression Northern Quarter until after I'd moved to London in 2000. I suspect it's a new invention by developers or the council. Is this worth noting? Missfrost (talk) 16:31, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

I think that exactly when and how the name came about is noteworthy, but we'd need citable sources. My own take is that the term was definitely in common usage prior to 2000, though - in the mid 90s and perhaps earlier. --82.69.202.14 (talk) 11:42, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
It's my understanding that the district comes/used to come under 'Ancoats' for administrative purposes, and that the name 'Northern Quarter' was applied to move away from the horror of being associated with this most blue-collar of areas.
Interestingly, a concerted effort is now being made by developers (step forward, Bruntwood) to have the area on Oxford Road around Kro2 and Odder labelled as the 'Southern Quarter'. Quite why this is felt to be necessary I don't know.
Also, would it be remiss of me to point out somewhere in the article the prevalence of wanky pseudo-media types in 'N4'? And the identikit 'edgy individualism' its frequenters espouse, plus the astonishing expense of the bars and restaurants which contrive to pander to the working class hero fantasies of the clientele ("it's like, so urban") while charging conspicuously upper-middle class prices? I know the many tramps round Oldham and Tib Street have to be kept out, but £3.80 for a pint of Grolsch is just ridiculous. 82.6.74.65 (talk) 11:58, 24 October 2008 (UTC) Mancunian

I would be interested to hear about the origin of the phrase "northern quarter" as I never heard it until the mass regeneration of various areas in Manchester following the IRA bomb in 1996 which is still going on now. Also place names such as "The Green Quarter", "Islington Wharf", renaming the Corn Exchange to "The Triangle", "The Millenium Quarter" and "NOMA 53". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.221.100.156 (talk) 17:55, 30 July 2011 (UTC)