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There are several geological factors, which led to Glasgow's importance

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What have been Glasgow's urban problems? What have been the solutions? What are the recent changes? * Geog factors led to Glasgow's importance * Decline in ship building etch, moved due to cheap labour elsewhere * Slum conditions * Comprehensive redevelopment? Uphill 1970s - what problems with it * Renovate * Regeneration There are several geological factors, which led to Glasgow's importance. Firstly, there were many nearby coal and iron fields. These are the two essential ingredients required to produce steel, making Glasgow an ideal place for industry. On top of this, there is a very deep, large river (R. Clyde) running right into the heart of Glasgow and out the other side. This provoked heavy ship industry in the area, as well as train building and bridge construction. (eg. ...read more.


There was also a lot of pollution. This included Air, land and water polluting, derelict warehouses and churches, high levels of graffiti, and also a large amount of traffic congestion. Some houses were in such a poor state, that they fell down with people living in them, resulting in a number of tragic deaths. The city had rapidly fallen into a state of 'inner city decay.' The first step taken by the Councils was to carry out Comprehensive Redevelopment. This means demolishing and rebuilding slums. Many slums were removed from areas such as Gorbals, and roads new roads were also built to improve transport links. To re-house all of the people made homeless from the demolishing of the slums, many cheap tower blocks were erected for people to live in. However these came with their own set of new problems. ...read more.


This was a considerable improvement. A development corporation was formed, and modern tenements were built for people to live in Gorbals, and the population in this area was reduced from 90 000 to 9 000, meaning that there was much less of a problem with overcrowding. Derelict land (Brownfield sites) was used to build flats, cinemas complexes (e.g. The Quay) and industry. The CBD was renovated, with the building of the St Enoch Shopping Centre, restaurants, and pedestrianisatioin. Tax incentives were induced to attract people; for example, they offered things such as no tax for 3 years. Green belt laws were also introduced, to prevent the city from expanding, and this led to new small towns cropping up around Glasgow, for example, Livingston. These laws prevent sprawling, but allow leisure and farming. This was quite a success in improving the conditions in Glasgow, and now there is much less of a problem with poor housing, crime, and lack of services, although the problem still remains. ...read more.

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