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Employment patterns have thus changed dramatically during the past few decades, with jobs in the service sector replacing many of those lost in manufacturing. In recent years Glasgow has also become a popular tourist destination and the city attracts many visitors who come to see the museums, galleries and our fine heritage of Victorian buildings. The city`s new claim to the Britain`s premier shopping centre (after London) also attracts countless people (including many from abroad) who come for a weekend`s `shop-`till-you-drop` visit (see picture).

Glasgow is not alone in Europe in having to cope with the relatively sudden loss of heavy industry and many commentators have noted that it has been remarkably successful in coping with what some call the `post-industrial age`. However, no amount of clever marketing can erase the fact that Glasgow still suffers from high unemployment, poor housing and an unwanted reputation as a city where many suffer (or will suffer) illness due to an exceptionally unhealthy diet. But in some ways the loss of traditional industries has been beneficial as the noise, grime and pollution have decreased dramatically. This has resulted in the air being cleaner, the people generally healthier and the stone-cleaned buildings sparkling in the sunlight. And, yes, street cafés are becoming more common.

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

Princes Square is one of Glasgow`s best-known indoor shopping areas. It was constructed within a courtyard in the the Prince of Wales Buildings which stand on Buchanan Street, the city`s main shopping street. This imaginative piece of architecture brings modern sheltered shopping to a fine set of buildings which were built in the middle of the nineteeth century.
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