Glasgow Daily Photo

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February Theme Day – What your city is known for

Posted by Jackie on February 1, 2008

There were so many things I could have come up with when thinking about what people think of when they think of Glasgow. Celtic or Rangers, the two big football teams, maybe, or some building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Or maybe a deep-fried Mars Bar and a bottle of Bucky. Instead, I thought about when I told my family and friends that I was thinking of moving to Glasgow, and the decidedly muted reaction I got. I think for most of them, their first thought was of rough and deprived council housing schemes, and not at all of Glasgow’s culture and diversity.

This particular block is called Stirlingfauld Place, and is in the area of the city known as the Gorbals. Over the past few years the council has been demolishing a lot of the old tower blocks and replacing them with newer housing, and Stirlingfauld Place has recently been surrounded by fences with signs saying that it will be demolished. I wasn’t sure whether or not to post this picture for this particular theme day as I thought it might seem very stereotypical. But I think it’s important to remember that, whilst Glasgow is largely on the up and there’s an awful lot going for it as a city (as I hope this blog is showing), there are still areas of deprivation, and even though they demolish the tower blocks, the social problems will be around a lot longer.

Lots of the City Daily Photo Blogs are taking part in this theme day. To see photos on this theme from around the world, try clicking on some of the links below:

Portland (OR), USAMenton, FranceMonte Carlo, MonacoMemphis (Tennessee), USAManila, PhilippinesSan Diego (CA), USAAnderson (SC), USANew York City (NY), USASan Diego (CA), USAMexico City, MexicoSan Francisco (CA), USAMumbai (Maharashtra), IndiaMainz, GermanyWeston (FL), USAMinneapolis (MN), USATurin, ItalyLas Vegas (NV), USAHobart (Tasmania), AustraliaBicheno, AustraliaDurban, South AfricaJoplin (MO), USANashville (TN), USAStockholm, SwedenKyoto, JapanTokyo, JapanBrussels, BelgiumChicago (IL), USAMontpellier, FranceSeattle (WA), USAMazatlan, MexicoSaint Paul (MN), USASharon (CT), USASesimbra, PortugalToulouse, FranceTuzla, Bosnia and HerzegovinaSusanville (CA), USAMaple Ridge (BC), CanadaSaint Louis (MO), USAPrague, Czech RepublicHelsinki, FinlandPilisvörösvár, HungaryLisbon, PortugalMexico (DF), MexicoTrujillo, PeruDunedin (FL), USAAlbuquerque (NM), USAPort Angeles (WA), USACottage Grove (MN), USASaint-Petersburg, Russian FederationKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLondon, UKBaziège, FranceJefferson City (MO), USAGreenville (SC), USASelma (AL), USAMumbai, IndiaNaples (FL), USANorwich (Norfolk), UKSilver Spring (MD), USASetúbal, PortugalStayton (OR), USABellefonte (PA), USASofia, BulgariaArradon, FranceMontego Bay, JamaicaAthens, GreeceAustin (TX), USASingapore, SingaporeWest Sacramento (CA), USAJackson (MS), USAWassenaar (ZH), NetherlandsBudapest, HungaryRotterdam, NetherlandsSt Malo, FranceChandler (AZ), USAMelbourne, AustraliaPort Vila, VanuatuCleveland (OH), USANottingham, UKKansas City (MO), USAThe Hague, NetherlandsCrystal Lake (IL), USAWrocław, PolandChateaubriant, FranceCheltenham, UKMoscow, RussiaMonrovia (CA), USASaigon, VietnamToruń, PolandGrenoble, FranceLisbon, PortugalNew Orleans (LA), USASydney, AustraliaBoston (MA), USAAmerican Fork (UT), USABoston (MA), USAMontréal (QC), CanadaWichita (KS), USARadonvilliers, FranceBuenos Aires, ArgentinaChristchurch, New ZealandRabaul, Papua New GuineaWailea (HI), USAAliso Viejo (CA), USASt Francis, South AfricaPort Elizabeth, South AfricaSeattle (WA), USAPasadena (CA), USAVienna, AustriaOrlando (FL), USATorun, PolandDelta (CO), USASanta Fe (NM), USAMinneapolis (MN), USAHaninge, SwedenParis, FranceStavanger, NorwayNiamey, NigerLe Guilvinec, FranceBogor, IndonesiaSaarbrücken, GermanyAuckland, New ZealandWellington, New ZealandBudapest, HungaryJuneau (AK), USABucaramanga (Santander), ColombiaGlasgow, ScotlandChicago (IL), USAJakarta, IndonesiaAdelaide (SA), AustraliaSydney, AustraliaRiga, LatviaSubang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia

18 Responses to “February Theme Day – What your city is known for”

  1. A rather odd choice for today’s theme, but a very interesting subject nonetheless. Happy theme day, Jackie!

  2. Sally said

    Yes, I’d say that would be (unfortunatley, and obviously inaccurately) true.

    I can’t ever think of Gloasgow, without a picture of a raincoat (Mackintosh) coming to mind.Silly, but there you have it! (And those gorgeous, mellow, sandstone(?) restored tenement buildings. Glasgow truly is gorgeous, but the old imagery lingers, eh

  3. Halcyon said

    I must admit that I have never been to Glasgow, but council housing does come to mind when I think of that city! Although it might be from watching television programs (that one with the two old guys who live in council flats and have all the strange neighbors) and reading things like trainspotting.

  4. Jelvistar said

    This is a great choice, something unexpected.

    Port Angeles Daily Photo

  5. Greg said

    What a great choice and that it is in black and white adds to the photo.

  6. Lara said

    great effect when scrolling the photo!

  7. There are a few places like this in Sweden. Some people would like to demolish houses like this so I know what you mean. I think about music when I hear Glasgow. Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian are two good bands from Glasgow.

  8. mo said

    Very different, I like the black & white.

  9. R&R (Rich) said

    Many cities are dealing with the same problem, at least in the U.S. Nice post.

  10. Ham said

    It’s really worth recording. I’ve been visint Glasgow infrequently for about 30 years and the changes are amazing, especially in the gorbals.

  11. Isadora said

    Very stark structures that are functional – much like the towers in Hungary built in the ’60s. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Gerald said

    good choice

    I’m not running with the theme this month but do stop by nonetheless

  13. Neva said

    When I hear people talk about Scotland, I think of green pastures that are intensly primitive…or rain! I like your perspective!

  14. Kuanyin said

    A strong dose of realism never hurts! Thanks for the commentary!

  15. chris said

    I guess I don’t know much about Glasgow as I had no idea these apt. towers existed there. I agree with Kuanyin. . . .Sometimes, we do need a dose of reality.

  16. zentmrs said

    Great shot – Happy Theme Day!

  17. Jackie said

    Thank you everyone for your comments, and for making Feb 1st my most hit-upon day since starting this blog 🙂

  18. Claire said

    I am currently doing a project on demolision of the tower blocks at Stirlingfauld Place ive lived in Glsagow for 3years…well about that and have always thought that the blocks were ugly demolising them will help improve the city, but the former residents of Stirlingfauld Place still live in Glasgow mite aswell have spent the tax payers money Gordon Browns Dinners!!!

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