I must have had the idea for this blog long ago, but so far I was only adding notes. Here goes then.
There are many interpretations of what constitutes a ‘home’. One possibility is describing it as a place where you have lived long enough to see it change – and tell newcomers “oh, I remember when there still was (or wasn’t, as the case may be) where now . . . ”
I have only been living here for two and a half years; don’t really know large areas of the city, especially south of the Clyde; and I have never been renowned for observancy. Still, so many changes that even I couldn’t help noticing happened during that short time . . .
The scaffolding on Cambridge Street was taken down and an EasyHotel emerged.
So did the scaffolding around the new QCHA building on Murano Street (although one section stayed there for months, as though forgotten) and inhabitants moved in.
(Another scaffolding which went down was the one around the Royal Infirmary, though still not the one around the Cathedral.)
The Whisky Bond at Speirs Wharf was transformed from a warehouse into studios.
The water tower of the former Ruchill Hospital was renovated, while all the other buildings were razed to the ground.
Buchanan Quarter opened. (They also tore down the building opposite the bus stop from which I used to go to my then job in Queenslie, and something new is already rising there.)
Two of the eight Red Road Flats high rises were demolished (five more to go down soon).
Dalmarnock railway station was closed, revamped and reopened.
Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service became history, having merged with their seven counterparts to form nationwide Scottish forces.
They began demolishing the five Pinkston high rises (in fact they may have finished, haven’t been there for almost a year).
The famous (or infamous?) Anderston Bridge to Nowhere became a Bridge to Somewhere at last.
Hillhead subway station was revamped and furnished with a mural by Alasdair Gray.
The SSE Hydro venue opened as scheduled (despite a fire shortly before completion).
The Kelvingrove Park Bandstand was redecorated (although they did take their time before they began, even after being assigned money from the National Lottery).
A Watersports Centre was created from the desolate area at Pinkston Basin.
New houses are being built on the Timber Basin site next to Nolly Brig.
There is probably more. Even after taking into account that a lot of this activity is (or was) related to the approaching Commonwealth Games, I find it fairly impressive. I’m sure I haven’t noticed so many changes in the city I was living in before coming here – for nineteen long years . . .