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A CITY-SITES PRESENTATION


In the west end of Glasgow, just off Byres Road, is tucked away, a small quaint little Meditteranean lane called Ashton Lane.

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It possesses such a strong identity that considering its miniscule scale, even when placed in the context of Glasgow’s oh-so-British streets, like her neighbouring, dominating & intimidating Byres Road & University Avenue; it manages to hold its own, and with style.

A commercial street, it is home to several pubs, restaurants, a movie theater and has found its way to becoming a must-see on the tourists itinerary.

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A cobbled street with a very Mediterranean feel to it, it generates (ironically, considering all the commercialism) a sense of intimacy that all the establishments thrive on.

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Ashton Lane hosts its own Beerfest every October, when the road is closed off to vehicles. There are farmers markets, tasting sessions, cocktail classes, street entertainers, live bands, mobile bars & foodstalls galore.

A picture of completeness - Ashton lane has an introduction, a development and a climax.

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Character: The buildings along both sides of the street come across as surfaces rather than three-

dimensional masses, thus giving the street importance over themselves. The anking walls of the buildings are slightly higher than the width of the streets, thus giving the place a sense of enclosure & at the same time, heightening its sense of exclusivity. Ashton Lane is at once - both a Path & a Place. Some establishments have the doors open all through; allowing for interior-exterior interaction & making the outside lane an obvious participant even in the inside activities.

A cobbled street with a very Mediterranean feel to it, it generates (ironically, considering all the commercialism) a sense of intimacy that all the establishments thrive on.


A commercial street, it is home to several pubs, restaurants, a movie theater and has found its way to becoming a must-see on the tourists itinerary.

Connectivity:Situated right next to the subway station, Ashton Lane Cheers:

is an important link to the students that use the subway to go to the University of Glasgow & also connects the pedestrian to Great George Street & Byres Road. A deserted Ashton Lane during University hours (center) & crowded at other times (left & right)

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