We take a look at what happened in the Logie project 100 years ago this month.
In November the number of workers had upped again to 196 – 40 more than at the start of October. You can clearly see the viewpoint at the right of the picture, half way down Balgay Road. The day that this picture was taken was clearly very overcast – you can’t see the River Tay or Fife and the Tay Bridge is only just visible. What is quite clear is the smoke which hangs over the rest of the city, perhaps exacerbated by the weather of this autumn day.
40 blocks were now in various stages of being built – almost two thirds of the final number of 63. By this point there was bricklaying work on 20 blocks, with 5 already roofed. Whereas in the last few months the main problem with building had been the shortage of bricklayers, the main problem was now the lack of bricks themselves. The railway strike, which had been swerved last month by bringing in the bricks by water, was now causing problems. The national strike lasted from 27th September until 5th October. As Thomson says in the report, those nine days had caused problems which were still being felt four weeks later and were predicted to continue well into November.
The Bellman’s Budget of 29th November (a sort of tongue in cheek gossip column in the People’s Journal) reported that a potential tenant had exclaimed: “‘Na, na, they’ll no dae for me; they would require to tak doon the wa’ to let in my furniture.’ The width of the doors and windows certainly leaves little to go and come upon.” Having seen the doors and windows of the homes at Logie, they don’t seem narrow to me. Although I fear that there is some satirical point here that I am missing.