Europe’s 19th Century Mercantile And Cultural Hubs: Can They Restore Their Lustre?

“Leipzig and Manchester offered an alternative model of what a great city might be at the height of empire. Neither a centre of government, nor a leafy refuge from dark satanic mills, they cultivated a life of the mind. … Both face progressive oblivion unless they can revive their particular city of the mind.” (And there are signs of hope.)

Source: The Telegraph (UK) 06/12/11