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BUZZ AND THE COLLABORATIVE CITY CENTRE

One thing I love about Glasgow city centre is the buzz: people everywhere, events in the street, new places to visit. In my professional life as an urban planner, I’m really interested in how to help make that buzz even better. Planning is often thought of as a legalistic activity, regulating new development.

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COWORKING FOR THE GOOD OF THE CITY

The way we work is changing – and changing rapidly. Some recent research was reported that apparently only 6% of people now work a regular 9-5. Now, these could be skewed statistics where it turns out the clear majority are working regular hours but it happens to be 9-5:30 or 8:30-5…

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GLASGOW DOORS OPEN DAY – MURAL TRAIL

This weekend, the City Centre Regeneration team took part in its 4th year of the Doors Open Day festival. This is an annual event celebrating the city’s architecture, culture and heritage with the city centre team taking residents and visitors of Glasgow on a guided tour of the city centre murals…

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(Y)OUR CITY CENTRE

The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Framework has been completed, and work has started on delivery. Given the success of this process, we appointed a team to work on the next four City Centre Districts – Broomielaw, St Enoch, Central and Blythswood.  These will help deliver the objectives set out in the City Centre Strategy of making the city centre the place to Stay and Live, Shop and Play, Visit and Enjoy, Work and Create, Learn, Discover and Innovate and Invest and Build.

How best to look at the remaining four Districts will be assessed in 2019/2020.

The feedback from our conversations with residents, visitors, businesses, and developers is that you want a green, liveable city centre that fosters creativity and opportunity. So the Council is working with businesses, residents, institutions and public agencies to make the city centre a more people-friendly place
– a better place to live, visit and do business

moving the city centre forward

All the work that we’ll be doing to take the city centre forward over the next few years will be shaped by the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan and the City Centre Transport Strategy which were published in 2014. These strategies are our blueprint mapping out how the city centre’s streets and public spaces will be better managed and more people-friendly.

We’ll be making the city centre cleaner, greener and easier to get around on foot, by bike and public transport, with a network of green avenues linking through the city centre.  Wi-fi, marketing, outdoor events, lighting and public safety will all be improved – and much more besides.  Everything is geared towards delivering jobs, growth and prosperity over the next decade.

district by district

In 2015, we started to plan how to make this idea work. It’s a big job, so we split the city centre into nine recognisable ‘Districts’. We have worked with local people and businesses to identify the opportunities. By 2019 we aim to have a plan in place that will drive change over the next ten years. Find out more about what’s happening in each District.

working together

The Council’s City Centre Regeneration Team will work hard with people and organisations in each District to make that change happen. Whether you work, live, invest in or visit the city centre, the team can’t do it all on their own.  We need your help to deliver change. Your help might come in a variety of forms: allowing a new business start-up cheap use of your vacant shop for a few weeks, organising a community event in a public space, helping a neighbour to tidy their front garden, or cycling and walking around town rather than driving.

The City Council will be doing its bit by making city centre streets and spaces more people- and business-friendly. We’ll do that, with you, by preparing a new plan for each District over the next few years. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas about the changing city centre.

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