The reason Pearse St/Wesland row are the way they are is because the buildings are owned and used by Trinity]
Devin wrote:Pearse Street/Westland Row area to become a shopping destination - I wouldn't have thought these streets ... were that suitable for this.
In fact no, not correct. Arnootts have opened an new shop on abbey street, and they are trying to buy a whole chunk of the street so they can expand and open on to it. In fact i do believe i heard a director of arnotts on newstalk or todayfm saying that they were changing there entire strategy to open onto abbey street since it now so many people come to arnotts from the luas. This will take time but it will and is happening.
At harcourt street starbucks and another coffee shop have opened. And the old restored shop across from the spar(harcourt road/upper candem street) has some health food store as tenants. There is now a whole series a little business between the luas stop and upper candem street. And it's not finished: there is a dead site which will be redeveloped.
Westland row is not suitable for shops , i did not say it was. Pearse street is perfect however. Trinity have applied to turn their tranch of the road back into shops and the irish times is moving. So the whole length of pearse street and d'olier street is ripe for redevelopment.
This is what the wide street commisioners wanted. just look at a map the whole city is centred around the westmorland/do'lier street triange. There are two shopping district comming off this triangle ( o'connell street/henry street AND Dame/Georges/Grafton street. ) Pearse street is wide and grand . it deserves nice shops on it ( and dublin doesn't have enough shops in it : thats why rents are so high on grafton street)
This routing B is fantastic ( as long as it uses oconnell bridge). People can move from dart/red/green lines by changing once. This is good, very good. The land between Pearse street and the liffey could be completely redeveloped ( it's dead at the minute ) Consider the redevelopment of smithfeild.
To the gentleman who disagrees with dirigism: consider dundrum or smithfield . No one wanted to go there , but they built lot's of appartments lots of shops and a luas line. Now dundrum is buzzing with life which is good . and smithfield will be soon. the whole quandrant between pearse street , the liffey , d'olier street and the grand canal redevelopment could be a new district of the city.
So A just reinforces the current traffic problem of funnelling everyone down dawson street. It looks horrid at college green (Remember that the City Council want to remove all traffic from college green eventually) .
B regenerates a dead part of the city. It allows much easier changes from green to dart . It won't actually be much slower than A. That's because the A route crosses so many very very busy pedestrians junctions. It continues to support and expand the vision of the wide streets commision. What more do you want ?
OH WAIT the new bridge idea IS bad. Anyone who has looked at Yes Minister will know that route B was thought up by someone with vision. Then someone with politics realised it was little too good. So change the route from d'olier street/o'connell bridge to a new bridge, and then everyone will be so hung up on the bridge they won't give it any real thought.
That what these choices are: everything except A is just a decoy to make you feel like there is a choice.
Do i have any support ?