Desmund wrote: I was in Belfast two weeks ago. Eventhough its core centre is considerably smaller then that of Dublin's, the westmoreland st/ o connell bridge axis aside, it had I felt much more of a big city feel to it than its southern counterpart. Dublin due to its lowrise nature and big (in comparison to Belfast's) centre, feels like an enourmous town and Belfast's relevatively small core and plethora of tall buildings, just about slips into (small) big city status.
While its tempting to draw comparisons between the two biggest cites on the island for all sorts of reasons, street planning isn't one of them.
Belfast is a child of the industrial revolution.
Dublin is a tired old granny by comparison. (Still feeding her errant grandchildren).
A more suitable comparison to Belfast is Manchester.
Both places suffered damage during WW2 resulting in their grid layout.
As a regular visitor to Belfast and Manchester, I often have to check with myself briefly when I turn a street corner, to remind myself what city I'm in.
Dublin and Belfast are very different towns.