Reinventing Dublin: the feedback
LOCAL CITY FOR LOCALS
‘Middle-class are revolting snobs’
The junkie problem around the city centre needs to be addressed. Proper supports need to be implemented for those who want it and a zero-tolerance approach taken to anti-social behaviour.
Keith L Cullen
The Dublin middle-class are in general revolting snobs with little or no redeeming features. They assume anyone in the city centre who is not dressed like them (conservative, dull and expensive) is a homeless, junky scumbag. What these Nazis have been asking for on this thread is a cleansing of Dublin City. Don’t harass the locals. People live there. And if you don’t like it, stay out in rugger-bugger land.
MORE PLAY AREAS
Strategically placed see-saws
Dublin could do with more playgrounds and microplaygrounds. In France you often see strategically placed see-saws in squares, at bus stops and on greens. In Singapore, many shopping centres have playground facilities.
RECLAIM THE COAST
First port of call for the city
Not only reclaim the river, reclaim the coast. Dublin is a coastal city. . . but you would never think it. We should look at moving at least some of the port away from the city centre and developing it for the city.
CYCLIST FRIENDLY CITY
More cycle lanes will traffic and boost local shops
Get more cycle lanes, not just in the city centre but right out to the suburbs, along the Liffey, along the canals. Stick them in the middle of the M50 and outer motorways.
Dublin is small enough to be a cycle-friendly city. It will help get rid of congestion and might boost small restaurants and local shops.
I have lost track of the amount of cars parked in cycle lanes rendering them useless. I can’t count the number of times I had to dodge a person getting out of a car in a traffic jam and stepping straight on to a cycle lane without looking. Talking on mobile phones while driving seems to be a national past time.
Keith L Cullen
USE OF OPEN SPACES
‘There is a dearth of piazzas, like Covent Garden’
In comparison to most other major cities, Dublin has a dearth of piazzas, comparable to, say, Covent Garden, in London. It is time for radical ideas. How about converting Westmoreland Street into a piazza and making D’Olier Street two-way? It would complement Temple Bar to have a major open space at its eastern end.
Pedestrianise College Green! It would transform the city centre. Like most European cities, Dublin would then have a real civic centre.