I am sorry to hear that the former Dublin Co Co building is being retained, it is a horror story ans it is definitely the worst building on the Street. .
I am also happy that the Abbey is staying on Abbey St as that section of Abbey St needs an important building. Without the Abbey it really would ressemble Dodge City.
But I differ with you on the role of the planners. I agree with you that the current situation is not perfect but my reading of the situation goes like so:
The O'Connell St IAP was basically a forward planning exercise. Traditional planning in Ireland has involved insufficiently clear plans containing many contradictory objectives.
This plan in contrast involved less objective inputs and more action like public works such as the Spire, new trees and new paving arrangements. DCC took a lead just like they did with the Smithfield Plaza.
It was those measures that I was praising, I also think that the tax designation of properties was a good move. However why the time limits were not timed to ensure early completion beggars belief.
However the Carlton debacle is a disgrace and I have a lot of sympathy for the developer who was deliberately obstructed in the project.
The failure of the property owners to use the tax designation is bizarre and very shortsighted on their individual parts.
But given the previous take up of all previous designation schemes the take up on O'Connell St has been an unprecedented failure.
There is no forward planner who could have forecast it. It must be a first time that free money has been refused.
Regarding the traffic lights that really is no brainer territory, a specialty of the roads department.
I am amongst the happiest people that their destructive tendencies are firmly tranquilised these days.
Finally I fully agree that co-ordination is the real villan here. Pre civic offices it may have been OK when DCC was scattered to the four winds but surely a walk from Block 1 to Block 4 wouldn't start a wave of litigation for something or other