In 1957, 29 districts were marked as Comprehensive Redevelopment areas. People were moved out and the tenements were knocked down. People were re-housed in towns outside Glasgow, in five new towns (e.g. Cumbernauld, built in 1955) and on Council estates at the edge of the city (where 200,000 people were housed e.g in Drumchapel). In place of the old tenement buildings, some of the highest multi-storey flats in Britain were built (e.g in Gorbals).
Many people felt socially isolated (people described the buildings as prisons).
There were problems with structural damage and dampness.
The inner city population decreased by about 65% in 30 years.
In 1976 £100 million was invested in an Urban Renewal scheme to improve the inner city under a scheme called GEAR. The aim was to provide jobs and better housing. Grants were given to companies to encourage them to locate in the inner city.
Although jobs were provided, there were around 50 applicants for each job
Tenement buildings were gentrified meaning the sense of community wasn’t lost.