1953. Slum living conditions 3
Many residents who had endured the sort of living conditions described in these clips were moved to new housing developments, often new estates on the edge of the city.
These new estates were built in a spirit of optimism. However, the reality of living on the new estates rarely lived up to the ideal and problems were quickly exposed.
The new housing, which was built quickly and cheaply, soon became run-down and the poor planning of many peripheral estates soon replicated the slum conditions of the inner-city, with damp and condensation problems leading again to health issues.
In addition, the clearing of city centre slums caused the break up of close-knit communities, with extended families often finding themselves housed far away from each other and feeling isolated. Insufficient jobs materialised close to new housing developments - meaning long and expensive journeys back to the city centre – and many developments were characterised by a lack of amenities, with the absence of
things to do being cited by the young as a reason for turning to vandalism.
The need to address the housing crisis was evident in the 1940s; but many would now question how successful the adopted solutions have proved.
The image shows an area of Glasgow scheduled for demolition, pictured in 1956.