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Inner City Glasgow – Redevelopment

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Inner City Glasgow - Redevelopment The geography of Glasgow dates back to the 19th Century. At this time, the main industries were iron ore and coal as it was nearby, shipbuilding was a mass production and the River Clyde was right through the city centre. There were large areas of housing but they were very poor quality, in fact they were among the worst in Britain. The main accommodation was in the form of tenements. These were the most common houses, made out of stone and were four or five stories high. On the bottom floor there were shops. Tenants had one single room (called single ends) ...read more.


By 1957, twenty-nine districts had been marked out as comprehensive redevelopment. This basically meant that they would knock it all down and start again. Huge gaps were made because buildings in the city centre were demolished. Because of this, council estates were added around Glasgow to make up five new towns. These new towns were to house the people who had previously been living in the tenement blocks. But they realised this wasn't enough and so built multi-storey flats. At the time, Glasgow had some of the highest flats in Britain and they thought it was one of the answers to problems of redevelopment in an old city. ...read more.


Some districts lost 2/3 of their population in less than thirty years. In 1976, urban renewal began, costing overall, over one hundred million pounds! Instead of knocking down old tenements in the inner city, they were renovated, as it was cheaper than building new houses. The new tenements had a lot going for them. They: looked much smarter, were bigger (as two flats were made into one), were re-wired, re-plumbed, new doors and were windows fitted and walls and toilets were re-plastered. Around ten thousand people were re-homed in the newly renovated homes. Also, new factories were built to create work for people who lost their jobs when they had to move and so didn't have one. Again, everything was sorted. ...read more.

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