Glasgow City

An industrial suburb of the city of Glasgow, which was revitalised for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Dalmarnock lies to the north of the River Clyde, 2 miles (3 km) east of the city centre on the border with South Lanarkshire. Once a largely rural area, a dye-house for Turkey red dye was established here in 1788 and by 1860 an ironworks, gasworks, colliery, sewage works and power station had opened. Once described as the engine room of Glasgow's industrial might, the area suffered from social problems and neglect as these industries declined. The population decreased from around 30,000 in the 1950s to just 1700 in 2008. Fine red sandstone tenements which had not been well-maintained were boarded up and abandoned. After being virtually ignored for decades, much needed regeneration came with the announcement of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although not always to the benefit of local people. The community was broken up as residents were displaced, while the area was levelled, long-established street names disappeared and developers made fortunes. The National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome opened here 2012 in good time for the Games, while the purpose-built Athletes' Village occupies 35 ha (86 acres) and provided a home to 6500 athletes and officials during the Games and subsequently sold off as private housing.

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