So John Gormely is presenting his green paper on local government today: this includes provision for a directly elected mayor for Dublin with powers over planning and transport. Certainly mayors can have a large effect on planning, Moses in NYc being an obvious, controversial example. Possibly here ABP will limit the power of the mayor, but, with a popular mandate, this will change planning in Dublin. How is another question: it could be good, unblocking impasse, getting things moving, supporting dramatic plans, tiding up and uncluttering, solving problems no-one currently takes responsibility for. Conversely, it could be terrible with half-thought out grand gestures, pet projects and self-indulgent, populist vandalism. Who knows?