Monday, 4 February 2019
Partick. Kelvingrove and Anderston Walk. New Look for Glasgow's Suburbs.
As I had to go into Partick for something I thought I would make a longer day of it and check out the new buildings appearing in this vicinity. West Village student flats have been up for a couple of years now but the builders haven't stopped there.
One benefit of this is that it might help to stem the hemorrhaging of foot fall from traditional inner city shopping areas like Partick and Glasgow City Centre with thousands of students spending money in the local shops, bars, cinemas, and restaurants as well as ordinary punters. Lidl I've noticed have been very astute in this aspect as every new build student complex has a Lidl store in it from the off. With Lidl, Aldi, B & M and other discount stores making large inroads into the UK's big four traditional supermarkets of Tesco, Morrison's,Sainsbury and Asda a major shift has occurred in the last decade. Not really a surprise after 10 long years of austerity, low paid jobs and uncertain employment squeezing people to shop to tighter budgets. Many items are half price in the discount places and you are just as likely to see car parks full of expensive new cars there nowadays as old bangers.
Interesting link here to this- the third oldest Catholic church in the city, opened in 1858.
What was it I wondered? Who was the mystery man sitting in the uncomfortable looking high back chair? At least he has a splendid view of Kelvingrove's Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha's golden dome in the distance to compensate for his sore bum. (Well, would you like to spend a full night on it watching TV? Bet he'd rather recline on a comfy sofa these days. Nae luck Charlie. I have had the pleasure of similar wooden chairs in bothies with no other seats available and after four hours on it a cushion is a desirable extra.)
You might not think you can have real outdoor adventures within a city centre. But think again. The Molendinar Burn is an almost legendary stream that flows under Glasgow's East End from Hogganfield Loch near Stepps, past Blackhill to Glasgow Green and the River Clyde. It used to flow above ground but many decades ago it was diverted underground with the city built on top. TeEnZiE is a well known Scottish Urban Explorer visiting old buildings and underground tunnels. I've done some of that as well but I'd draw the line at this one. Although clean-ish water I'd be worried about catching a rat pee borne disease and I'd certainly wear wellies and rubber gloves. An eye opener of a journey. Alex sent me this video. Thanks. Stunning and Scary! Not a trip I'd recommend in any way but good viewing from an armchair.