GrahamH wrote:Yep, what a mess. They must unquestionably go for the chop.
Here's College Green and the House of Lords in Charlie's notorious Charles Haughey's Ireland made in 1986. Scroll to 0.53 (or just observe the St. Patrick's presbytery in all its mellowed glory).
Thanks for that Graham, God Haughey though a lot of himself
The cars add significantly to the clutter, and while they may have been removed, the city council has been busy adding an array of metal poles and random signage in their wake.
Any notions I have of a fully pedestrianised college green are in reality fanciful. However there is no reason why the city council should not immediately establish an international competition to produce a coherent landscape design for college green through to westmoreland/college street & lower grafton street.*
I see no reason why the space cannot be closed to all traffic, including buses, on weekends at least, allowing what would hopefully be a fine plaza fulfil its potential as a buzzing public space where people would naturally gather & not simply pass through.
There is no other space like it in Dublin, as close as we have to an urban square, but in many ways more interesting. It is the place where the tangible north & south sides actually converge, the plateau at the end of various descending approaches, in many ways the real heart of the city.
I'd suggest that an IAP is required, but apparently they aren't worth a fuck.
*I know people are going to come back at me about the luas BX line nonsense, but as far as i'm concerned, luas shouldn't be let next nor near college green, and thats before we analyse the folly that BX is.