Saturday, March 22, 2008


The FT, no less, has an article on Govan today which is slighty informative and refers to the 2014 Commonwealth Games as being helpful in this area's regeneration.
I'm not sure that's true, as Govan and where the Games will be held are at opposite ends of the City. The area hosted the 1988 Garden Festival, but it's only in the last couple of years that things have begun to move in the right direction.
What struck me about the article, though, was something quite different.
I know the area very well, because we have bought some property there over the years and have held on hoping for better days. Govan once had more than 600 shops, now probably not more than 30 or so functioning properly. The population has fallen by about 90% over the years, leaving wastelands behind.
The article was focusing on the cheap housing in the area ( which it certainly is) but there is much much more happening than just housing. What struck me was how newspapers take a line and everything else gets squeezed into it, ignoring both facts and open-mindedness. The recent McCann victory over newspapers is a case in point.
The same applies to this article. What would seem to me to have changed is the attitude of the people in the area. From out and out depression, there is a renewed jauntiness, known in Glasgow as "Gallus".
If they can keep it, there truly will be a renaissance.

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