Rusholme is a suburban locality in Manchester, England, about two miles south of Manchester city centre. Rusholme is home to the Curry Mile-–a focused stretch of South Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants on Wilmslow Road. In the south-west is a large public park, Platt Fields Park.
Most of the housing consists of low-cost terraced houses, around 70–100 years old, although some larger houses exist to the east of the main road that runs through the centre in the Victoria Park neighbourhood.
Social and economic conditions
There are a number of purpose-built student halls in the area (for example Hulme Hall), and a large number of students who rent privately. There is a large, mostly Muslim South Asian community as well as a dwindling community of working class white people.
Rusholme is one of the areas in south Manchester, including Longsight, Hulme, Moss Side, and Old Trafford that have suffered a problem with gang-related gun crime, although shooting incidents have declined significantly in recent years.
Rusholme is acclaimed as home of the largest number of South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) restaurants in the United Kingdom. The Curry Mile is the stretch of Wilmslow Road in central Rusholme: it boasts at least 70 restaurants, take-aways and kebab houses specialising in the cuisines of South Asia and the Middle East. This led Wilmslow Road to be dubbed the "Curry Mile". It is said that the Curry Mile has the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants anywhere in the world outside the Indian Subcontinent; there are more than seventy curry houses and kebab shops on the road.
Wilmslow Road is part of the B5117 which transverses the campuses of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. It also forms part of what is the busiest bus route in Europe, with many bus stops being serviced by one bus from one of many different bus companies every 60 to 90 seconds during peak times.
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