Bolton was a thriving and appealing place to visit years ago. When the Trafford Centre came along and other out of town retail parks, Bolton Council did nothing. People were lured away over the coming years and still the council did nothing to arrest the decline.
Bury did. Substantial investment was made in its town centre, both retail and accommodation. It's survived.
Bolton Council, late to the party, are reinventing part of the town once again. I hope it works, but fear it won't.
The people who regularly shopped there have long gone and with long since empty shops, along with soon to be empty shops, the downward spiral may well continue.