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Finnieston with the Finnieston Crane and North Rotunda in the foreground and the Clyde Auditorium in the background.
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Finnieston's boundaries trace along the river Clyde to the south, Finnieston Street to the east and roughly follows St Vincent Crescent to the north, and at its termination the boundary continues in a south westerly line till it meets the Clyde on the western side of the Clydeside Distillery. Contrary to modern popular belief, no part of Argyle Street lies within Finnieston. The areas of Kelvingrove, Overnewton and Kelvinhaugh are often wrongly attributed as Finnieston.
Finnieston is home to the SECC and SSE Hydro, where many musical concerts, sporting events and conferences are held. It is also the location of Glasgow City Heliport, the former home base of both the Police Scotland air support unit and the Scottish Ambulance Service "Helimed 5".
The village of Finnieston was established in 1768 on the lands of Stobcross by Matthew Orr, the owner of Stobcross House. Orr named the new village "Finnieston" in honour of the Reverend John Finnie, who had been his tutor.
The area has had a significant change in land-use since deindustrialisation. Previously, Finnieston was an area of warehouses and docks — the film Deathwatch (a.k.a. "La Mort en Direct"), used this aspect extensively in location shots.
In the early 21st century, Finnieston has been promoted and built up as a modern residential and leisure area, mirroring Shoreditch in Greater London. To this end many new bars and restaurants have been established. There is modern housing, office, retail, leisure and arts & culture developments. In 2016, Finnieston ranked first in The Times list '20 Hippest Places to Live in Britain' and The Herald claimed it the 'Hippest Place in Britain'.
Finnieston Street is a major junction on the Clydeside Expressway, and on 18 September 2006, was augmented with the addition of the Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde.
Exhibition Centre railway station, on the Argyle Line, was previously known as Stobcross station. Built by the Glasgow Central Railway and opened in 1894, it was closed in 1955. When it was reopened in 1979 it was called 'Finnieston' until it was given its current name in 1986. A separate Finnieston railway station of the Glasgow City and District Railway was opened in 1886 but is now disused. However, the line is still in use as part of the North Clyde Line.
The SSE Hydro opened in 2013 next to the SECC and welcomed over 1 million visitors per year to the venue and surrounding area. In 2016 the SSE Hydro boasted the title as 8th largest venue in the world.
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