Shopfront race to the bottom

Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby StephenC » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:36 pm

two words....

DAME STREET

oh lord
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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby exene1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:25 pm

A restoration project for you Ryan's pub, Queen Street:

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Just one attractive hanging sign. Back then conservation areas were conservation areas without being conservation areas.
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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby thebig C » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:12 pm

I noticed the Building on Duke Street opposite Duke lane, which has had hoarding around the ground floor for as long as I can remember is undergoing a revamp. And, just around the corner the single storey and curiously provincial shopping arcade (Grafton Arcade?) is being demolished, hopefully for something good!
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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby Smithfield Resi » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:11 pm

exene1 wrote:A restoration project for you Ryan's pub, Queen Street:
Just one attractive hanging sign. Back then conservation areas were conservation areas without being conservation areas.


All that crap is removable, fundamentally the building has been preserved. I'd be more concerned to get BARGAINTOWN BARGAINTOWN BARGAINTOWN BARGAINTOWN BARGAINTOWN to understand what a planning permission is. In all their time in business at that premises, they have not once applied for permission for signage changes, nor ANY other planning permission.

To give them their due however, at least they dropped the hideous signage at the corner in favour of the ART tunnel project.
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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby StephenC » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:20 pm

Dublin's Little Shops of Horror

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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby StephenC » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:21 pm

Oh to see the city through the wide eyes of a tourist...fresh off the plane.

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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby StephenC » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:58 pm

An interesting article from Kevin Duff of An Taisce in The Village Magazine on the dismal quality of everything from shopfronts to public realm in Dublin city centre.

http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index.php ... is-a-mess/

Such a difficult subject to get across. Its impossible not to get lost in planner jargon and to have commentators latch on to phrases such as 'lower order' as if the writer is making some wacky snob laden point.

Perhaps no one in the city (or at least the vast majority) could care less about its quality. Or perhaps they care on a very abstract level but once its brought down to the nitty gritty of individual actions and decisions they then lose interest. Its a puzzle to me... the "obedient citizenry" of the city motto and their lack of aspiration for their city and lack of demand for better.

Perhaps all the interested people have left for nicer places to live.

The problems now are so pervasive and so entrenched. Its simply impossible to reverse the trends in my view. A few pockets of quality here and there but the whole is a dismal and uninviting mess as the article says.

So many of the players, from DCC staff to DCBA (on a recent radio show) to retailers and interest groups parrot this mantra that the city centre is a 'world class destination' on a par with our European contemporaries. Its really really not.
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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

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Re: Shopfront race to the bottom

Postby StephenC » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:18 pm

StephenC wrote:Dublin's Little Shops of Horror

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Passing through Moore Street on Friday it appears there's been something of a crackdown or cleanup of the signage mess shown about. Many shopfronts have been cleaned up.
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