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Despite all the problems of living through what has been termed the `post-industrial age`, the city changed considerably (and for the better) in the last three decades of the twentieth century. A huge amount of public money has been invested in new houses, the refurbishment of older buildings and in improving the sprawling housing schemes.

But for many people, the most significant improvement has been the stone-cleaning of many of the city`s Victorian buildings. At last, a century`s deposit of soot and grime has been removed from countless tenements and public buildings, allowing them once more to sparkle in the sunlight.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

In the 1990s, many nineteenth-century city-centre buildings such as this, The Italian Centre, were completely refurbished. The courtyard, complete with its dramatic sculpture, now has a sheltered pavement café catering for the city`s many shop-`till-you-drop visitors.
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