So what other areas could do with being restricted to traffic?
I've never really seen the necessity to allow traffic onto the half of Pembroke St that has it, nor Phoenix St/Crane Lane.
Would there be any sense in pedestrianising the back lanes around Morrisson's Island? At the moment, they don't really provide access to anything and are primarily used by kerb-crawlers after dark. Given its proximity to the South Mall, could the area develop once that traffic is removed or would it become even more run down with not even prostitutes to be found in the area.
Finally, is there a case for sealing Oliver Plunkett St off to cars between 9pm and 3am. Now, you'd want to be mad to drive down it at 2am anyway, but all the evidence is that there are a number of mad people out there. I mentioned this to a garda acquaintance of mine and she thought it would be a good idea from a public safety point of view too (provided of course that garda cars still had access!).
maybe the real question to ask is how ought Cork develop in future? does Cork need or warrant pedestrianization? do the roads, streets and alleys suit it? if so, which ones? how can Cork evolve to become a better version of itself? how can it develop as a city without aping other cities? how can the nature of Cork, an Irish city chock full of history both homegrown and colonial, support and nurture the development not only of it's buildings but it's self actualisation as a city of international peership, and develop character of weight? many of us, though not all, love our city, for the unique character, built form, urban realm, geography, lanes, streets, avenues, locals unique dialect, culture and customs, older developments and some newer ones, the overriding, eminating, pulsing potential of a city unpolished but showing every characteristic of a diamond in the rough.
I for one adore Cork. i want to see it become everything it can be, much as a father does a child, though i'm aware it is the city that has fathered me in ways. and as a father encourges his child i too shy from moulding it into the shape of its more successful contemporaries, but see it as more than that, as a city of standing in it's own and unique way, like an Amsterdam, a Glasgow, a New York. Cork can be awesome, a place with mystery, joy, and character.
how can we achieve this? pedestrianisation? do we celebrate the alleys and lanes that permeate through Cork, a lÃ¡ Amsterdam? is it the marshy, watery nature of the historical city, a lÃ¡ Venice? do we celebrate the countryside that's made us famous, with a thriving market (coal quay, st. peter's, english)? do we bolster our reputation as a home of culture, with Christy, Rory G, Cillian Murphy? (opera house, Glucksmann, Crawford, new docklands museums & venues)? what else?
I'm talking beyond individual developments, and above planning, i'm talking about what Cork is, and what it could be. thoughts?