Going to return to transport next week but for now I want to relate two events I attended yesterday which demonstrate the breadth of the agenda we need to pursue as a city.
Early in the evening it was over to the Art Gallery for the launch and preview of a fantastic exhibition of the work of celebrated artist Anish Kapoor. It's a show that will enhance the reputation of the city, bring loads of visitors in, and will give thought provoking pleasure to thousands. If we want Manchester to be a place where we want businesses to locate and create jobs, and to be a place where people want to work, we need to have the quality of life that a rich cultural offering brings. High profile stuff in our galleries and museums, art including public art, is not unnecessary frippery, it is part of the bread and butter of being a successful city.
After that it was a bit of a rush to get down to the wonderful new Health Academy in Wythenshawe for the third annual Wythenshawe Real Lives event hosted by Wythenshawe lad Jimmy Wagg. Real Lives is about real Wythenshawe people contributing to a better Wythenshawe and working to dispel unfair, negative portrayals of the area. The heart of the programme is the Wythenshawe Ambassadors, people being recognised for what they do in the community and people who are a living representation of what a great place it is. There are a lot of community heroes here but pride of place last night rightly went to a group of young people from every part of Wythenshawe who are really getting stuck in to building bright futures for themselves whilst at the same time working across the generations to help build a better life for others. This is not a new soundbite like the Big Society. This is real.