Given all the complaints from the businness owners of the area, that footfall etc is poor. It is also plain to see that this important area of central Dublin has no street life and is souless. It has had time to prove itself already.
With talk of a sculpture at the Dame St./Cows Lane junction, I'd like to propose the classic Chinese Gate, which signals the entrace to China town in cities worldwide.
If this area were to be designated chinatown, the tourists would track it dowm as they do worldwide. Let the Chinese at it and they will make it work. There's an ever growning sizeable community in the city, but yet without a focus, let's give them one.
Chinatowns are relatively quiet in the evenings and don't have the rowdy factor. This would differenciate it somewhat from the rest of temple bar and keep it relatively resident friendly.
Cows Lane, Dublins China town.. anyone for 'Dim Sum'?