Deadly by Design

Glaswegians have a 30% higher risk of dying before age 65 compared to people in other British cities. Suicide rates are 70% higher for them than Manchester and Liverpool residents.

The phenomenon is known as the “Glasgow Effect.”

Researchers have pored over hypotheses and found that poverty is at the heart of the matter—but so is urban planning.

The roots of this modern scourge reaches right back to the Industrial Revolution and through “disastrous” planning decisions of the 1950s that corralled the poor into new towns and high-rises that became notorious for deprivation, violence, and stress.

Can modern cities learn from these mistakes?


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