This is a great observation.
“Glasgow is a magnificent city. Why do we hardly ever notice that,” says a character in Lanark, Alasdair Gray’s first and most celebrated novel. “Because nobody imagines living here,” says another character. “Think of Florence, Paris, London, New York. Nobody visiting them for the first time is a stranger because he’s already visited them in paintings, novels, history books and films. But if a city hasn’t been used by an artist, not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively.”