Glasgow’s dominant tenements are a reminder of how dominant the city was for the first half of the 20cans century.
A decade ago, the city’s tenement building landscape was dominated by Victorian-era buildings that were mostly occupied by farmers, working class people and tenants of public housing.
It was during the First World War that the city started to develop its middle class.
Glasgow was a city of middle class and that was the period that people wanted to live in the city.
Nowadays, Glasgow’s middle class is very different from what it was in the 1920s.
But for many people, Glasgow is still the city that has been at the forefront of a new social movement in the UK.
That movement is called the “decentralised city” and it is the idea that people can decide their own place in the world and that the people should be able to live, work and buy where they want in their neighbourhood, without being subject to the whims of a powerful few.
For the city to be a decentralised city, the area that has the highest density of housing, such as central Glasgow, needs to be run by the City of Glasgow, which manages it and can make decisions about its use.
“Glasgow is a great example of how we have a lot of control over our own destiny,” says Paul Williams, who worked as a city planner in the 1960s.
“It’s a great city, and we’ve got the most vibrant city in the country, and people have been able to vote for it for decades.
That’s been the power of the city, because people are able to control how it’s managed.”
Today, the power has shifted away from Glasgow.
Now, it’s the people who decide where they live and what they want to do with their lives.
That has meant that Glasgow has become the epicentre of the decentralised urbanisation movement.
As the city develops in parallel to other cities in the region, the idea is that, by moving forward with a more decentralised approach, the benefits will spread more quickly.
“I think we’re on the verge of a revolution,” says Williams.
“The decentralised cities movement has really transformed the way we live in Scotland.
I think it’s very important for us to take our time, to have a discussion, and to find the best way forward.”
What is the decentralisation movement?
The decentralisation movements are a new way of thinking about how cities should work.
The concept of decentralisation is based on the idea of decentralising power in a way that benefits all, and is much more egalitarian than the dominant model that was introduced in the 1980s.
This is often referred to as a “sustainable city” model.
“For example, a city like London might have an area of 10,000 homes.
You would have a council that would be responsible for that, and they’d manage it from a very low level of power,” explains Williams.
This approach is known as “low power” because it has been used in London and other large cities to manage the vast majority of local and city government.
“But this model is based around the concept of power sharing, which is essentially the idea, the principle of a centralised system.
A centralised city can have as much or as little power as the people of the area agree to,” explains Kevin Smith, the author of “Decentralising the City”.
“A lot of these decentralised ideas start with a simple idea of a neighbourhood, a village, and then people work towards it.
Williams says that the decentraliser is a social movement, not a political movement. “
So a lot more of these ideas are driven by the idea for communities to be linked together through the internet, and not just through the physical structure of a city.”
Williams says that the decentraliser is a social movement, not a political movement.
“People want to live more freely, have more choices and more autonomy, which are really what we’ve seen in Glasgow and other cities where the decentralisers have been around,” he explains.
“We’re trying to use our new tools to encourage people to think about the future of cities in a different way.”
The decentralisers, Williams and Smith say, have created the best city in Scotland, where people are happy to live and work where they choose.
“They have given us the tools we need to create a city that people want to buy in, and where we’re going to be able work,” says Smith.
The decentraliser movement has been gaining momentum for a number of years, says Williams, but he believes that its influence is only beginning to reach wider audiences.
“In Scotland, a lot people haven’t even heard of decentralised communities,”