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Covid-19 has posed similar challenges to these cities, but has elicited very different responses.
The conversation about Coronavirus is mostly focussed on economic recovery. But not all urban areas are at the same stage of their fight against the virus.
Buses have demonstrated that they are the essential public transport during the pandemic. Now central government, cities and bus operators must build a compact to deliver a successful National Bus Strategy.
The increase of the threshold on stamp duty is most likely to encourage movement in cities in the Greater South East as well as giving homeowners in this area the greatest benefit.
The latest data shows that while no city or large town has high-take up of Job Retention Scheme but low claimant count, many do have high unemployment claims and lower levels of people on furlough.
Footfall data suggests that while smaller cities did see busy high streets, activity was sluggish in larger cities.
Councils are expecting large shortfalls as a result of coronavirus over the next 18 months. Data shows that urban areas are feeling the strain more.
The reopening of non-essential shops was expected to bring relief for the retail sector. On the whole, that is what happened but footfall data gives us a more nuanced picture of how it played out across the country.
While the Chancellor made a series of national announcements in the Summer Statement, they will play out differently across the country.
Wednesday's Summer Statement should set out the following five key policies if it is to support a recovery across the country.