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It's been pretty quiet round here over the last few days, so to get some activity kick-started, here's an easy one.

What gives the Dear Green Place its identity? What's unique about it? What about it do you miss most when you're away from home? Let's not confine ourselves to the architecture... it can be anything at all about the city.

For me, whenever I'm away from home I always miss our sandstone tenements. Much has of course already been said about them elsewhere on these forums, so I won't go into much detail. Suffice to say they're just so full of character and the scale is unique to our city.

The second thing I'd say is the character of us Glasgwegians. Glasgow has never been a city to take itself too seriously, and I think you can always count on a Glaswegian to bring you down a peg or two. And whether its moaning about the weather, jeering the 'other side's' football team or expressing our disbelief at the mess our council makes of almost everything it does, our sense of humour always shines through.

Of course, all that's not to say that we're a city without our problems. But those are too depressing... we can talk about those on a good day! :)
 

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Overwhelmingly I'd say its the people of the city. The majority are friendly and very helpful. The city has a buzz, its diverse, easygoing - less judgemental than other places, an acceptance of people. Theres a great creative feel with something for everyone. The people of the city are driven and passionate, there colorful, the city is youthful. The banter. The unique accent. We just have an edge. The stunning burds. The smell of the place. I love food in Glasgow, the fishsuppers, the blackpudding, the square, the steak pie - its just different from what you get in other cities in the UK - it tastes so much better. The sunset in the summer, chilling in the parks, the hills in the background, the West End, The Merchant City. Snow on the Campsies and Ben Lomond in the winter. Christmas shopping in the city centre. Its just Glasgow man. Theres only one Glasgow. I love this city :cry:
 

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Good schools



Youth



Football fans and the 'party spirit'



Burds



Service industry



Quality housing



Yep, no place like home!
Glasgow Smiles' Better! :)
 

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^ :rofl:

The weej accent I reckon.

gonnae no dae that. :eek:hno:



and yes, sense of humour, someone should tell the dodgey toffs over here to get one.
 

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What makes Glasgow, Glasgow?

Probably summed up in the postings on the topic so far.

For every doe-eyed optimist who can benignly smile at the poor performance of the Cooncil, there is a “tell it like it is”, Seth-like character who will bring you down to earth. (Crackin’ response Seth.)

So perhaps Glasgow’s unique character is its cynicism. You could meet a Glaswegian anywhere and by the end of your meeting you will either have a friend for life, or a friend taking your life.
These full circle juxtapositions are prevalent in Glasgow which has the greatest ratio of parkland per head of population but the least healthy inhabitants; our Valencia style Science Centre is symbolised by a state of the art tower which defies science; we create a new high rise Ghetto Harbour and celebrate our past failings with high rise at the same time; we embrace European café culture with plastic cups and pavement ashtrays; we have unique, totally unique world renowned architecture and reflect this in a scabby mutli-storey carpark (in Scotland Street).

But, there’s always the humour…..and cripes do we need to laugh!
 

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As most Glaswegians do, I was holidaying in St Tropez the other week. I picked up one of those trendy coffee table design magazines for perusal at a sunny al fresco table by the Place des Lices (yeah, sit there a few moments and it's as bad as the midges on the coast here at home) and, whaddayaknow, but it's listing 9 very trendy world cities for your better sort of trendy person to visit: Los Angeles, Berlin, Grenad[a], New York, Stockholm, Le Cap, Montreal, Istanbul and... Glasgow!

'Glasgow, de l'energy a gogo'

The copiously illustrated article goes on to wax rhapsodic about all the design talent currently at work here. Which I guess is a compliment of sorts coming from the French.

Anyway: 'de l'energy a gogo' I particularly like: it's sort of gives this place an Austin Powers vibe, don't you think? Groovylicious.

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Another thing I saw on holiday recently (I like the holiday concept) is the Queen Mary. I appreciate that the prestige technically belongs to Clydebank, but that's sort of west-west-Glasgow in estate-agent-speak. Anyway, apart from the rather sad spectacle of this stiff old hulk of metal resting (rusting) forever next to shiny Longbeach, full of the ghosts of glamorous transatlantic parties long over, I was wandering around it one night (I practically had the boat all to myself) and suddenly it started to really dazzle me (and no; no drugs were taken, but it was a sort of Damascus experience.) Really, that boat is so beautifully put together! All the carefully conceived and executed details inside and the majesty of the exterior fittings, like the big (sphinx-scale) vent cowls rising from the decks.

To me, it represented everything I dreamed of in childhood and I felt so proud to be connected to the place it was from and to the west-coast types who'd designed and built it. All that engineering excellence. All that hard manual labour. That attitude made this! What a marvel!

That's the stuff of the people of this city. That's an expression of what makes Glasgow Great.
 

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I wonder about this notion of Glasgow being 'Great'. There is a lot of this about. The people here are friendlier than anywhere else, there is a greater energy, gallusness yadda yadda yadda. Glasgow is what it is which is a post-industrial outpost which had status as the exploited powerhouse of empire. We have had our era where we made a pinprick on the wider design consciousness and now we are just another small depopulated urban centre struggling for identity in the age of globalisation.

As a city Glasgow made things and the things that were made stand testament to that and while they are monuments to craftsmanship and honest toil they are also monuments to a hierarchy of power that created great swathes of slums which in turn created the causes of destruction of much of the city fabric. These great products of engineering expertise are melancholy objects redolent of both pride and pain.

If Glasgow has been about anything it has been about constant change, constant reinvention. Some cities make that a virtue of their 'greatness'. Think Tokyo where change is everything, the dynamic is truly apparent. Glasgow is third division in comparison to that and it doesnt have the enduring qualities of a Florence or a Paris or an Edinburgh. We are now missing the next stage of reinvention. Cotton, tobacco, steel....what now?
 

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solidred said:
As most Glaswegians do, I was holidaying in St Tropez the other week. I picked up one of those trendy coffee table design magazines for perusal at a sunny al fresco table by the Place des Lices (yeah, sit there a few moments and it's as bad as the midges on the coast here at home) and, whaddayaknow, but it's listing 9 very trendy world cities for your better sort of trendy person to visit: Los Angeles, Berlin, Grenad[a], New York, Stockholm, Le Cap, Montreal, Istanbul and... Glasgow!

'Glasgow, de l'energy a gogo'

The copiously illustrated article goes on to wax rhapsodic about all the design talent currently at work here. Which I guess is a compliment of sorts coming from the French.

Anyway: 'de l'energy a gogo' I particularly like: it's sort of gives this place an Austin Powers vibe, don't you think? Groovylicious.
Sorry i couldnt resist on playing with that Catchphrase along with Austin powers. :Laugh:

Welcome back Solid Red havent seen you about, where ya been other than St Tropez. :)


 

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OOh, I do love to be quotable.

And yes, anyone's who enjoyed Edinburgh's Western Bar (I practically lived there at one time) will tend to sneer at the equivalent out ... west.
 

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The weej accent I reckon.

gonnae no dae that. :eek:hno:
I'm sorry??

I wonder what a thread like this on the other cities would be like, Birmingham about the same? But Manchester and espically liverpool being a bit, err. different?
 

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Glasgow is as Glasgow does. A city in the very definite sense of the term. Out East (as I think some on here might say) they do ponce and twee and "real" Scotland. I guess Glasgow will just have to live with that.

BTW what's happened to ******?
 

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Maybe he was maxing out their bandwith downloading porn so they barred him.
 

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Are people stupid enough to do that in an office environment?
 

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:lol:

it's true though, we named a lane in the old red light district after one of Melbourne's most famous madames from last century!
 

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Some interesting responses so far! Thanks Seth for so eloquently pointing out some of Glasgow's real strong points. Scotland with Style would do well to take a leaf out of your book.

Chaos, I'm hardly surprised, but I couldn't disagree with you more. Sure, Glasgow today is a shadow of what it once was, but I think you're being overly pessimistic. To my mind, the only people who give a crap about how others think about Glasgow are the tourism boards struggling to shake off our dodgy reputation that was gained in the eighties. The average Glasgwegian is, in my opnion, confident enough that their city is one to be proud of, no matter what others may think.

I don't see the need to constantly compare ourselves against other cities. As you said yourself, "Glasgow is what it is". You're right when say it's about constant change, but that's a generalisation that's true about 90% of the world's cities. The cities you mention - Tokyo, Paris, Florence - have well defined images and they cling to those deeply. Part of Glasgow's appeal is that it doesn't try to be something it's not - it is what it is.

What now? Digital media, education, and, yes retail and call centres. Not every shipbuilding job was a humdinger either, no matter how strong those rose-tinted glasses may be.

All that probably makes little sense - I'm not used to writing like this. Ce la vie.
 

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Some interesting responses so far! Thanks Seth for so eloquently pointing out some of Glasgow's real strong points. Scotland with Style would do well to take a leaf out of your book.
I found this comment fairly amusing actually, since it is only about 6 months since I sent an email to 'Scotland with Style' outlining my dismay at some of their failings!

But you've missed my point really. The pictures I posted are fairly representative of the vast majority of our once great city, which has been in decline for far too long. BUT it doesn't deter the people, nor taint their opinion of their home. Looking at the other comments that have followed my initial post, (and basically from my own interactions with Glaswegians) its clear that many people that live here love the place.

So what makes Glasgow, Glasgow? Denial, tinted glasses, self confidence, optimism, sense of humour, whatever. Take your pick.

What gets me is that Glaswegians love the place as it is, when really it could be so much better. I won't bother boring you with the ins and outs of the solutions, but when I'm in charge I'll fix it for you.

Glasgow will smile better

 
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