Living in the urban renaissance? Opportunity and challenge for 21st century Glasgow

Mark Livingston, Julie Clark

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This chapter explores the rebirth of post-industrial Glasgow as a desirable urban centre, which has undergone a radical change in reputation and profile within a relatively short period. Successful urban boosterist strategies have left the imprint of event- and culture-led regeneration clearly legible on the urban fabric and we review city centre revitalisation, safety and neighbourhood change as factors in an apparently growing appetite for urban living. However, the urban environment is shaped by a combination of strategic planning, national and supranational economic forces. Asking who benefits, as Glasgow grapples with the challenge of economic transition, requires consideration of these wider drivers, including tenure structures, demographic shifts and the decentralisation of poverty. Along with Glasgow’s successes, the vulnerabilities of a consumption-based economy and a relatively elite-orientated development strategy mean that the challenge of how the city will support and protect its most vulnerable citizens remains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Glasgow
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Post-Industrial City
EditorsKeith Kintrea, Rebecca Madgin
PublisherPolicy Press
ISBN (Electronic)978144734808
ISBN (Print)9781447349778
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2019


  • urban
  • Regeneration
  • renaissance
  • economic development
  • poverty
  • planning


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