I've really noticed that these past few weeks as I have been out training for the Great Scottish Run.
But despite the city's natural beauty there are some issues that are continually raised by members of the public. I am of course talking about litter, graffiti, fly tipping and dog fouling.
For some reason a minority of people think this type of behaviour is perfectly acceptable. It's not.
These issues have a negative impact on our city and on how people view it.
That is why Glasgow City Council has been taking such a proactive approach to tackling these problems through the Clean Glasgow campaign, which was launched in partnership with the Evening Times.
The City Council spends £17million every year on cleaning up the city as a result of the irresponsible actions of a minority of people.
That is money that would be much better spent on building new schools or improving other council services.
Clean Glasgow is making a real difference to communities. Our enforcement officers take a zero tolerance approach, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices but we want to do more.
That is why we want the Scottish Government to allow us to increase the level of these fines.
But the council can't solve these problems on its own. People have to take ownership for their actions, whether that be casually dropping a cigarette butt in the street or not cleaning up after their dog in the park.
We all have a responsibility and a major part of the campaign focuses on educating people.
There has been some discussion of late about the future of bulk refuse uplift services in the city.
I know just how valuable this service is and that is why I can give a firm commitment that the City Council will not be introducing any charges for bulk refuse uplift.
We are of course facing difficult economic choices but we will be looking at other ways to save money.
Let me be clear, charging people for throwing out large items of household rubbish is not an option.
AS I MENTIONED earlier I have been training hard for the Great Scottish Run which I am running to raise funds for the Children's Hospice Association.
The big day is now less than five weeks away, so on Sunday I decided to up my game and run for 45 minutes.
Previously my training sessions had been around the 30-minute mark, so I admit it was a challenge.
The next big ask will be to see if I can keep up that pace in training this week.
The last time I ran the Great Scottish Run I did so in around the hour mark and I am determined to beat that time next month.
All I need to do is keep working hard and stay injury free. Easy really.