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trip twenty two: bought houses

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  • Ex-Castlemilk Resident - 11 September 09 - Reply

    Regeneration is the new word for greed of the politician and property developer and today Castlemilk is a product of that. As the author of this excellent page said, “The poverty’s still tangible.” When I recently visited Castlemilk I was just overwhelmned by so many houses stuffed together like sardines in a tin. Even the backcourts are stuffed with buildings and just wait and see what’s left of the Cathkin Braes will disappear under “Regeneration.” and are the shopping facilities really all that? Nothing about Castlemilk today can be justified. Buildings and schools were wilfully run into the ground and it’s the same all over the UK and of course this “Regeneration” also serves the purpose of getting rid of socilism, I’m not going all political, but simply seeing “Regeneration” for what it really is and this author has a great perspective and puts it more creatively than I can. Thank you for brilliant take on Castlemilk.

  • May Miles Thomas - 26 May 09 - Reply

    Thanks Tommy,

    Glad you enjoyed reading my take on Castlemilk. One of the reasons for this project is because I’m concerned nobody’s documenting the Glasgow schemes and how, in the space of a generation or two, these places change or disappear leaving no record of the people or the buildings.

    Looking at the stats for this site, it’s clear people are looking for some kind of record of where they live/d but because only ‘important’ sites and buildings get the posterity treatment, the majority of us are denied our heritage, like our memories of these places don’t count for anything.

    Like you, I escaped the tenements and have the schemes to thank for my sixth sense for trouble. As for weird stuff, it goes on everywhere, not just the schemes. A lot of the housing was inadequate, but most families growing up in these places came out – as you say – relatively unscathed – like it’s the least you can expect from living in a scheme.

    cheers, May

  • Tommy - 25 May 09 - Reply

    Thanks are real refreshing blast from the past and a wonderful updated insight into the rejuvenation of my once loved/hated birthplace. I had many a strange experience similar to your “Sunday afternoon” – i feel lucky to have escaped the tenements somewhat unscathed and I’m glad that the savvy-ness of the Castlemilk streets have stayed with me protecting me in my travels to this day.

    Thanks for sharing.


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