Glasgow is Scotland's most populous city and that allows it many of the amenities that make great cities all around the world worth living in. Unfortunately, a city that grows too large too fast often gets growing pains just like any other organism and one would be hard pressed to find a city as large as Glasgow's two million plus that doesn't have some manner of crime and strife. After all, bigger cities equal more people which of course amounts to more opportunity for trouble. Glasgow has a bit more trouble than most and it is considered to have one of the highest crime rates in all of Western Europe. Many put it at the top but others say that a few places have a slightly higher amount of crimes.
The city is a positive, beautiful, vibrant town that is full of life, love, and art. Glasgow also has some of the finest architecture in the world and an incredible amount of history that streams through its immense age. To be sure, Glasgow has been inhabited in some manner since the dawn of man thanks mainly to the fact that the River Clyde is almost perfectly situated in the area to provide a nourishing, luscious pasture full of some of the most fertile flora in Europe. The growth of the city has taken much of the original charm from the area but outlying pastures found further away from the city give us an idea of how incredible Glasgow must have looked in its early years. On top of that, the Clyde provided some of the finest salmon fishing in the United Kingdom and this made Glasgow an esteemed and wealthy town even before the tenth century.
Glasgow only grew in prominence and splendor and by the 1700s many tour guides and books listed Glasgow as the most beautiful and cleanest city in the Kingdom of Scotland. This was of course right before the event that would shape Glasgow and give it the identity it still maintains: The Industrial Revolution. The Revolution swept through the world in a big way and changed the landscape of enormous parts of the United Kingdom. Towns like Birmingham went from quaint villages to bustling epicenters almost overnight and Glasgow took on the appearance of the latter rather briskly. Glasgow became the fabled "Second City" of Scotland and was the home of factories and textile mills too numerous to count. This of course allowed beautiful, world-famous architecture and indispensable works of art to the city so one can't frown too much on the loss of the pristine landscape. It should only be seen as yet another incarnation of a hugely adjustable town. Glasgow is a city full of life and fascination and it will always be an important part of the world's cultural landscape because it grows with the world rather than against it.
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