When I was younger I remember my dad telling me, or overhearing him tell someone else about how he found Glasgow easy to navigate due to it being built on a ‘grid system’ – If you were to get lost, you could always work out where you are because the streets ran criss-cross and in parallel.

My friend recently remarked that they found Glasgow incredibly difficult to navigate, as it all seemed the same – street after street in little or large boxes. She was from strange place that was built with no idea that the city would expand at somepoint though – resulting in weird roads and streets that make no sense. When you get a place like that, it can either go pretty well, or really badly. I hate trying to find my way about Aberdeen for example, as it just makes no sense to my grid-systemmed brain.

My other favourite city – Athens – also has the same style of layout. Coincidence? or cause..?

One of the good things about this is that you end up with communal ‘squares’ being created naturally. In America they don’t exist, in mainland Europe they’re everywhere, and here it depends where you go. It changes the whole feel of a place.. its psyche.

The other benefit is that if you have a flat that sits slightly further out than the others in the street, you can see all the way down till something blocks your view. We get to see Argyle street stretch right down to the heileman’s umbrella at Central Station.

I always try to start the day by opening up the curtains, sitting in the big leather chair and just taking in the city.

May 2010, Glasgow Cross
Mamiya C330 – Expired Kodak Portra 400NC


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