Originally posted by ewanduffy
Could it be that people don't know if these parks are public or private or even private but we'll turn a blind eye to you being there (like Wilton Park). Not knowing whether or not you will be turfed out keeps people away.
Sorry to say this, but that sounds exactly like some of the colleges DIT own around the city now, where so few people are rattling around inside these very expensive facilities, that the security guys seem to have gotten paranoid about everyone who walks through the doors now.
I often notice, how Trinity college can just get away with a couple of goons who need to have very little interaction with the general student populus - and Trinity is right in the heart of the city - a quite sizeable campus. Whereas DIT seem to need goons in every little rat-hole they own all over Dublin. I think goons would out number staff in some institutions now!
I think it is very much part of the Irish culture not to stray onto urban lands unless they are sure that it is public property or a school etc.
An architect I knew built a kindergarten not long ago, and decided to take his all new â‚¬900 digital camera with him one day to take pictures. He had to stand back very far to get a good angle of view of the front facade. But then he noticed that he was standing inside in the scrubbery, pointing a camera at a kindergarten and the teacher and pupils were all staring out the window at him.
So he jumped in his car and drove off, without photographing anything.