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About City Strolls is a web site born out of listening to the endless hyperbole given out by faceless public relations and the advertising machines that claims to speak and act in our name
What is the city
Many great writers have written about the city. Drawn by the city's impulsive, diverse uniqueness. Lewis Mumford's social and visionary essays. Henry Miller's seething autobiographical portraits of city life.
Mission statement An attempt to set up an informal group, or interested parties, or ideas, communications, forums concerning the direction the city has taken regarding the play- off between public and social accountability, and the endemic culture of private enterprise.
City strolls is an participatory project and to some extent will rely on the ideas and efforts of the participants.
Get to know your city
Walk into town. Walk up lanes you have never been up before. Go into shops you don't normally use.Talk to people. Ask directions. Get on the wrong bus.
Why should you care?
Lets start by asking a few questions. Why should we be interested in buildings? Why is the physical structure of the city important? How do, or should we interact with the city
How does the public go about getting interested, being heard and having an effect on what is happening? Part of the answer is being connected
Related articles on city affairs
If you take a walk through the city center, what do you find? New hotels, pubs, sports gyms, shopping malls. Every street has major construction work going on. A small triangle of grass one day, a fence goes up the next. Within a month 70 luxury flats with hoarding's exclaiming a new development, a four storey block of luxury apartments
There is more to the continuity of the physical environment than just habit and nostalgia.Old buildings embody history. They are worlds; In old buildings we glimpse the world of previous generations.
We can apply analogies In trying to understand architecture we can become so bludgeoned by style gurus, experts and professionals that our senses become dulled to basic principals or practicalities.
The first of the above statements was made by a businessman who could, as the writer suggests, be 'Using the arts as a means of achieving wider economic cultural and social change'.
I need to hear what you think, ideas events, things that annoy, upset, give pleasure and enjoyment in this city, that city, any city, the countryside. Links to other groups, sites, arts, issues,
The process of colonizing the city by business interests is sold to the public in a language steeped in market jargon such as. "These projects are too exciting to miss. A challenge for Glasgow". Jobs jobs jobs,
The other end of town, at James Morrison Street, the gentrifiers are at work hoping to knock down a Georgian tenement in order to build a 71 flat structure described by heritage groups as a "monolithic 70s throwback".
Herald Fri. June 25 1999. From an article including an interview with Council leader Charles Gordon. Discussing a £500m leisure complex on the Clyde about to begin with the ripping down of the old granary