Nicola Sturgeon's plans for Scotland have left voters divided
This small corner of Glasgow – home to the Citizen's Theatre and the O2 Academy – has been transformed in recent years, with tower blocks and tenements replaced by modern low-rise apartments.
But the mural of world champion boxer Benny Lynch, born in nearby Florence Street, is not the only reminder of the days when the Gorbals was a byword for hardship and deprivation.
There are sections of older housing where such problems are still in evidence and HM Revenue and Customs says this district has the third highest levels of child poverty in Scotland.
Local opinion is equally split, with some people praising local MSP Nicola Sturgeon for pursuing another independence referendum while others would rather see her concentrate on domestic issues.
Gabrielle Lavelle, 58, is enjoying a pint in the Star Bar at Eglinton Toll. He says: "She should forget the referendum. The last three years have been independence non-stop and devolution has failed under this current government, they have taken their eye off the ball and become obsessed with one thing."
A lot of the child poverty in this area will be related to the migrants from Eastern Europe
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His friend Thomas Jones, 65, adds: "A lot of the child poverty in this area will be related to the migrants from Eastern Europe. I've stayed in Govanhill for 30 years and the area has gone right downhill over the past few years."
Walking on nearby Cumberland Street, Alison McCluskey, 38, a mother of two, agrees that the SNP has got its priorities back-to-front.
She says: "The referendum is just a way of distracting people from the more important issues, like homelessness and child poverty. I think there are more families struggling these days and more people using food banks. I've nothing against Nicola Sturgeon but she's just the same as all politicians, they all talk a lot but don't ever seem to follow anything through."
Sarah Hilland is sick of Westminster
However, sisters Isabel Green, 48, and Margaret Henderson, 54, are both in favour of another referendum and would both vote Yes – despite Margaret's striking Union Flag earrings.
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Isabel says: "We can't have kids sleeping on the streets and the schools need to be sorted out but I think Scotland should stick up for itself."
Margaret adds: "The poverty is getting worse and there's nothing for children around here, even when they leave school."
Isabel Green and Margaret Henderson want a second referendum for Scotland
Several local mothers argue that independence is the first step in tackling child poverty, including Sarah Hilland, 34, who says: "The Gorbals has changed a huge amount. People might earn less money but we have more amenities than others, like free swimming and tennis for the kids.
"I'm just fed up with Westminster and for so long we've had Tory Governments that we didn't elect. Labour has turned its back on people around here but I think Nicola Sturgeon is a good MSP."
Nicola Brady, 30, adds: "I was born and bred in Govanhill and there has always been poverty, although I would certainly say its increasing. I think there should be another referendum because having an independent government can only be a good thing for dealing with these problems."