Is the East End of Glasgow the new West End of Glasgow?

  Re-posted from the A Thousand Flowers blog. For ten days this July, the east end will become a major hub of activity, as tourists and games goers flock to events at Celtic Park and the neighbouring Emirates Arena. Hundreds…

Glasgow Against ATOS 2 - Picket Glasgow Sheriff Court, 19 March

Glasgow Defence Campaign Press Release Day three of the trial against the Glasgow Against ATOS 2 goes ahead Wednesday 19 March. The two were arrested for using a megaphone on a protest against cuts to sickness and disability benefit on…

Public Housing Meeting, Tuesday 18th March, Bridgeton

Housing is in Crisis: What Can We Do About It? Public Meeting, Speakers and Discussion: 7-9pm, Tuesday 18th March, Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, 68 Dale Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 4TL    The Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Clyde Gateway regeneration…

Glasgow faces up to reality of a divided Commonwealth Games legacy

The Guardian argues that Glasgow’s east end hoped staging this summer’s event would mean regeneration, but it also meant a lot of destruction. Good to see the press are finally waking up to what’s going on. ‘Two police officers cycle…

Great 1980s Films from Easterhouse and Drumchapel

Two great videos below discussing housing, welfare and community issues in Easterhouse and Drumchapel in the 1980s.  What is striking is how progressive they are in comparison to the stigmatising representations of the working class and unemployed we see on…

Work and Volunteering [Primer #2]

“The Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting talent. But success won’t just be measured in medals. It’ll be measured in jobs and the development of our businesses“. Commonwealth Games 2014, Legacy statement. WHAT’S THIS PRIMER…

Games Costs Rise Inexorably

The Games are 50% over budget The Herald reports and the contingency fund is already running low.  From an original estimate of £373m in November 2007, the bill for Glasgow 2014 climbed to £454m in November 2009, then to £524m in…

The End of the Commonwealth Games?

Commonwealth Games representatives have confirmed that there has been no interest in hosting the 2022 games and have admitted that they are now facing the possibility of the 2018 games in Australia being their final event. Games officials are considering…

Whatever Happened to the East End Subway Extension?

Re-posted from A Thousand Flowers blog: “EAST END SUBWAY LINK IS A DONE DEAL BEFORE 2014 GAMES” thundered the front page of the Evening Times back in 2007, characteristically pissing itself with excitement at the latest dictum to emerge from Glasgow’s…

Whose City? Are the Commonwealth Games Ruining Glasgow?

Re-posted from A Thousand Flowers blog: “OH I DON’T KNOW THESE BUILDINGS, I THINK I’M LOST” reads the stencilled graffiti, eerily poignant given its setting. For the building it adorns – on High Street towards the east of central Glasgow – is among…