Well I know why people find it exciting: they have this image of Manhattan with its fantastic skyline seen across water and most particularly the southern tip seen in wideangle from the Staten Island ferry: the stuff of a thousand posters. The idea they have is that this could be that and when it is, we will be them: New Yorkers, dressing in black and having meaningless sex in limos after ligging at glamourous alphabet-city exhibition opening and east village poetry slams. However, Manhattan, par excellence, is a response to context: the grid, the strong zoning, the existing stock of fine valued buildings, the topography, the bed rock, this proposal, in contrast, defies context; it is artificial, inorganic and, ultimately, lame. Ironically, Dublin will have tall buildings surrounded by water and towering over disused, picturesque, harbourworks, just like the lower westside, but it won't be, I hope, on this piecemeal fragment breaking the line of the liffey, it will be where Dublin port is now. And even if the DDDA does go ahead with this gimmickry, we will still be ourselves getting lonely drunk in decrepit pubs before having meaningless sex in front of our computer screens.