Rising from the economically challenged docklands area of Salford, England, The Lowry is a œ105-million ($168-million US) arts center that opened last April as part of a plan to bring new life to the formerly flourishing quays around the Manchester Ship Canal. The area had fallen on hard times early in the 20th century, when the industrial focus shifted to nearby Manchester, taking employment opportunities away from the town and leading to depressed conditions.
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