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Glasgow see + do
The decline of heavy industry in the second half of the last century did Glasgow few favors, and for a long time, "gritty" was one of the city's kinder descriptions. Cut to the 21st century, and although, thankfully, not everyone is sipping skinny soy lattes and working in new media, there is an optimistic buzz about the city. All along the Clydeside, new developments are replacing postindustrial rust; the museums and galleries are shining up a newfound sense of pride in the city's heritage, and it is all being reflected in a booming creative arts scene. Being named the European City of Culture for 1990 kick-started the rebirth of this former shipbuilding capital and revealed how much had changed—and just how stunning the skyline is. Architecture fans will appreciate the gracious Victorian buildings, the sinuous Art Nouveau designs of local son Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the formerly industrial Merchant City, now an enclave of loft apartments, designer stores, and restaurants, and a great place to wander. Ditto the West End, a prosperous, refined village of media folk, restaurants, and the Botanic Gardens.