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The problems of Glasgow's inner city

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The problems of Glasgow's inner city and what has been done to try and solve the problems Glasgow is located in the south of Scotland; it is the largest city in Scotland with a population of 630,000. There have been many changes in industry and city planning throughout its history. Glasgow was founded in the 19th century. It was a good settlement sit because it was located near the River Clyde which was essential for trade and fishing. Nearby coalfields made the city successful. One fifth of all the ships in the world were built in Glasgow. It was said that Glasgow "provided the world with ships". Glasgow's main products included coal, iron and steel. The city was very successful and made lots of money. Most of the money was spent putting up lots of new buildings. Everything changed towards the 20th century mainly because of the two world wars. ...read more.

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Many people were re-housed in very different types of buildings. People wanted new, improved renovated areas, but got high rise tower blocks. At the time, it was seen as a solution to all the problems, but it caused many new problems. In many of the new buildings, there were no hot water, bathrooms or lavatories. The high rise flats lead to large gaps in the city's landscape. While development continued in the city centre, many large towers and council estates were being built in the suburbs. A common problem for the residents living in the flats was the structure of the building itself. Pieces of the building were falling apart and becoming a dangerous hazard. There were holes in the walls and dampness was a serious problem. High rise flats were only one part of the redevelopment schemes. Land was cleared for something else, it was the idea of "knocking down the old and bringing in the new". ...read more.

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Instead of demolishing the old buildings, they are being renovated. It is cheaper to re-modernise them rather than start building new houses. Some flats are knocked together, they have been re-wired, re-plumbed and completely been re-made inside. People still have their friends and neighbours nearby. The people are very happy about the scheme. Although they feel that some buildings shouldn't be knocked down. Around 10,000 families have been re-housed in the new tenements in the inner city. Improving the past has been very successful. Today, the industry have virtually disappeared from the inner city. The docks are far away from the inner city, they are at the mouth of the River Clyde. There is only one shipyard left in the inner city. The city's last iron steelworks are now gone forever. Many people are beginning to ask whether the schemes were worth it at all. Old jobs including working in the steel factories have now disappeared forever and the landscape has been dramatically changed. The city is still suffering, at present the city is losing 25,000 people a year. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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An overview of some of the changes that have occurred in Glasgow through the years. The essay does not make it clear when some of these changes occurred and some of the grammar needs attention. References should also be included.
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