"But just as the area's public space has degraded gradually over decades, its streets can be tamed incrementally, one block or one intersection at a time. . . "
I found this quote in an article i was reading only yesterday. I think that strategy would be a wise one for Irish towns and cities. If you look at it at this level, there are sometimes positive news, sometimes little victories like Dame Lane for instance.
I went 3 rounds with a whino there myself only last year!!! So i know its charm or lack thereof personally. I have known Dublin for ten years, and it has changed slowly, in little bits here and there. Young people growing up now, don't realise that at all.
What i am particularly interested in, is what has disappeared in time though. I.e. the very many laneways and routes commonly used in times past, which may appear on maps etc, but since have fallen prey to 'Mass Block development'.