Pollok was built by the old Glasgow Corporation and was the first of the big four peripheral housing schemes built to improve Glasgow's slum housing conditions in the inner city. The building of Old Pollok (next to Silverburn) commenced in the 1930s but was interrupted by World War II.
In recent years there has been a sustained effort to improve the area. Most of the post-war tenement housing, including the areas around Dormanside Road and Linthaugh Road, have now been replaced with modern desirable cottage-type and semi-detached houses.
Modern Pollok has two secondary schools, Rosshall Academy in the north and St. Paul's High school, which recently gained national coverage for its rise up the league tables. St Paul's High School is recognised as one of the schools of ambition in Scotland.
Pollok is home to the Silverburn Centre which opened in October 2007, replacing the old Pollok Centre. The centre, the largest of its kind in Scotland, has brought many hundreds of jobs to the area. Key stores include a 24-hour Tesco Extra adjoining the centre.
Next to the Silverburn centre are the recently renovated and extended Pollok Health Centre and the Pollok Library and Swimming Pool.