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Towards Sighthill, Glasgow
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Towards Sighthill, Glasgow

A northern district of Glasgow, Sighthill lies to the north of the M8 Motorway, between St. Rollox and Springburn. It developed along with railway engineering and as a rail freight depot, for many years was dominated by multi-storey public housing blocks. Ten blocks were built in the late 1960s to provide a home for 7500 people. By the 1980s unemployment, crime and drug abuse were significant problems. The blocks were demolished between 2009 and 2015. Beginning in 2013, a massive regeneration project here is the largest in the UK outside London. Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area aims to create a rejuvenated neighbourhood with almost 1000 homes, a new community campus school, new public square and shops, improved greenspace and better connections to the city centre. The first houses were occupied in 2022.

In the Sighthill Cemetery there is a monument to John Baird and Andrew Hardie who were involved in the so-called Radical Rising of 1820.

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