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 Beetham Tower, Manchester
Beetham Tower, Manchester

The UK's cities have changed dramatically in recent decades.

Every year, billions of pounds are spent on urban improvements including eye-catching new buildings, cultural centres, roads and other infrastructure.

Each day this week, BBC News is looking at five different cities and seeing how a project in each is playing its part in the transformation.

We also want to hear from you. Has your city changed? Has a new building transformed the landscape? What do you think of the changes in your town or city?

Send us your comments and experiences by joining our debate or sending us pictures and videos of your city now and how it used to be. See how to send them on the bottom of this story.


Read some of the comments BBC News website readers have sent to us:

I love Manchester, as not only is it my home town, but its without a doubt the best city in the UK to practically live for most people these days. It is growing as such a fast pace.

I like most of the new buildings which have popped up in the last ten years, but they are mainly designed by the same architect, Ian Simpson. Due to this, they all have a similar look, and are all made of grey glass. Not an ideal choice for a grey city, but hey! At least a couple such as the Beetham and Urbis are individual, and instantly recognisable as Mancunian buildings.
Chris Handley, Manchester, UK

Manchester has changed quite dramatically over the last few decades and I personally love the new buildings such as Beetham Tower and the new Spinningfields complex of shops, apartments and office blocks, but by far the best buildings are the older ones: Manchester Town Hall and its extension, Central Library, the John Rylands Library and even the old fire station at Piccadilly (which is sadly in need of restoration).

Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester

Manchester University built a replica Roman gatehouse where the original once stood in Castlefield back when Manchester was Mamuciam, from there you now have an excellent view over the rebuilt roman fort to see the Beetham Tower - it provides an excellent way to contrast old and new, just behind Castlefield however are the canals and bridges that really put Manchester on the map. I am proud that my city has retained all that made it great and is as proud of its history as it is of its future.
Ian Warren, Manchester

I was part of a team 13 years ago that set a development plan for Sheffield City Centre. What has happened far outweighs what we envisaged. Wherever you look there have been amazing developments in all areas of the city centre. Only recession is now blocking its growth.
Phil Proctor, Sheffield

My city, Bristol, has changed quite considerably over the 40 years that I've lived here. Mostly for the better, sometimes for the worse.

The Harbourside area has been transformed from an area of derelict warehouses to a bustling, attractive urban waterside quarter. We've had a new shopping centre built, about 10 years too late and just in time for the recession.

Apart from the above, a couple of new schools and a few generic office buildings, that's about it. One thing that Bristol hasn't had and that's virtually any investment from central government, be they Labour or Conservative.

Whilst billions have been pumped into London and Northern cities, Bristol, despite being a regional capital, has seen a tiny amount of Government investment. We still have the same crumbling hospitals, absolutely appalling public transport, an inadequate road system and no iconic buildings.

Bristol is a brilliant city, but this is in spite of anything that Governments have done over the past decades.
Steve, Bristol

Northampton has been neglected because of the council dragging its feet. We were promised a new bus terminus , they got rid of stall holds in the undercover market, and now it is an art museum. The outdoor market was one of the best and now there is hardly any stalls left because of an increase on rents. Roads need repairing ,they cut down trees depriving the birds of food and shelter and they have all gone.
Brian Feary, Northampton

Birmingham, my home city, has been transformed during the last 15-20 years. The change has, for the most part, been extremely positive.

It's rather a pity, though, that people outside the city aren't always aware of the changes and continue to label Birmingham as being an entirely dirty, grimy, ugly post-industrial towerblock-dominated wasteland. It isn't, but there's always room for further improvement.
Richard Holman, Birmingham


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