Who owns urban Scotland
This week's episode is a special one, focusing on our series in conjunction with The Herald called Who Owns Urban Scotland.
Barriers such as red tape, incomplete data and difficulties tracking down absentee landlords must be urgently tackled to help cities access community ownership.
Glasgow shopping street is Scotland's most vacant high street with 36 per cent of its shops, offices and domestic properties now lying empty.
Dr Allison Orr and Dr James White from the University of Glasgow join The Ferret to talk about how we can regenerate our high streets.
Local authorities own over 1,100 vacant properties in Scotland’s cities while real estate investors, tax haven firms and others are responsible for more than 500 high street vacancies.
Parts of Scotland’s infrastructure are linked to tax havens, China, multinationals accused of greenwashing, foreign pension funds and the ‘Vampire Kangaroo’.
A firm building broadband services across Scotland is backed by an Emirati company that invested in an Israeli firm behind controversial spyware called Pegasus.
As the recession in the UK deepens, more Scottish cultural venues could be taken over by multinational firms and private developers.
Our research also found that about a third of shopping centres in Scotland’s cities have announced, or are considering, plans for significant redevelopment.