As part of our series on the future of cities, we look at how being cooped up could change how and where we want to live
When Julie Twist left her office on 23 March, she sobbed all the way home. Boris Johnson was about to shut down the country for an undetermined period and she had no idea if the estate agency she had built up over the past 26 years could survive a global pandemic.
In 1994, Twist began selling apartments in central Manchester. She was one of the first estate agents to believe people would want to live in converted mills in the middle of a post-industrial city.