There is a wonderful drive and a feeling of optimisim in the city now, esp in the CC which is great.
But the vast majority of all development that has taken place over the past decade has not been the fruits of the CC's efforts or any other public body, but simply on the back of commercial interests. And wheras the quality of building has much improved, they've only happened out of fashion and companies's desire to have prestige pemises, rather than stringent planning laws etc.
We can see even now on O' Cll St, where there is a major effort underway to improve the quality of premises/retailers on the st by the CC, but there's absolutely no commercial interest in the area and so nothing is happening, and nothing will happen for the forseeable future. Unfortunatly.