Frank McDonald: Dublin’s character is threatened by high-rise plans

Councillors should oppose a city project that would put the capital’s human scale at risk

An aerial view of Dublin city. File photograph: Frank Miller

An aerial view of Dublin city. File photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin is still fortunate to have a relatively low-rise skyline, giving the city an intimate human scale that most visitors find charming. Indeed, it is remarkable that none of the boom-time proposals for high-rise buildings actually materialised.

I was never a cheerleader for “skyscrapers”, fearing that crazed notions of a “Manhattan on the Liffey” – as imagined in 2007 by the Progressive Democrats (remember them?) – would turn a quite distinctive city into something generic or anonymous.

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