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Around the cor­ner, around the world

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - OPINION -

Af­ter months of gloom and un­cer­tainty, Glas­gow had two rea­sons to feel more up­beat and cheer­ful this week.

Firstly, the dis­rup­tion and up­heaval caused by the £7 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tive but chaotic road­works that for too long has blighted the length and breadth of Sauchiehall Street, the city’s en­ter­tain­ment mile, seem fi­nally to be com­ing to an end.

The road has been nar­rowed, wider pave­ments have all but been laid, dou­ble cy­cle lanes have been in­stalled and 20ft tall trees again now grace the av­enue.

With all but a small sec­tion of works still to be com­pleted at the Char­ing Cross end, it will soon be pos­si­ble to tra­verse this iconic street from one end to an­other with­out fall­ing into a muddy hole.

Not quite in a straight line, I ad­mit, as there is still a tight se­cu­rity cor­don in place, and will be for some time, where the ABC and Cam­pus once proudly stood be­fore they were both gut­ted by the fire which also de­stroyed The Glas­gow School of Art.

But even here, es­pe­cially in the Gar­nethill area, there are some en­cour­ag­ing signs that life for a few be­lea­guered traders and res­i­dents is slowly re­turn­ing to nor­mal.

As sur­round­ing streets are once again made ac­ces­si­ble and com­merce re­sumes – too late for many, though, who have sadly lost ev­ery­thing they once held dear.

I can only hope that the pow­ers that be do ev­ery­thing they can, fi­nan­cially and more, to ease their suf­fer­ing.

They could start by re­leas­ing of the rest of the £2.5 mil­lion emer­gency re­lief fund that is still ly­ing in a bank ac­count, un­used.

Still, the fin­ish­ing of the road­works is a cause for cel­e­bra­tion for the city.

I hope all Glaswe­gians, not just the lo­cal traders, res­i­dents and visi­tors, will think it has been money well spent, and ul­ti­mately some­thing to be proud off. Time will tell.

Both the fires and the end­ing of the works now present the city fathers with a golden op­por­tu­nity to boost this whole area, es­pe­cially within the night-time econ­omy.

Which takes me to my sec­ond rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion. In what can only be de­scribed as a bold and imag­i­na­tive

Sauchiehall Street in 1950s hey­day, right, road closed af­ter art school fire, above

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