gunter wrote:Billy died as a result of a fall from his horse
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Really? Then as a gesture to the King Willie brigade, I propose re-instating the horse.
PVC King wrote:Why not a memorial of Shergar it could double up as a memorial to the human disapeared?
Yixian wrote:Any chance the Luas line passing through College Green won't be overhead powered? >_> Would pretty much be one step forward and two steps back in terms of the view of Trinity from Dame St..
Yeah, it would reduce the visual clutter to the place if a third rail was used. People always go on about Bordeaux as an example of high-tech third rail technology but San Francisco's famous trams also use third rail on its low tech carriages. Perhaps we should send the RPA there to see how they do it. That said, the priority should be to get some form of tram line through that area. Luas BXD is critical to realising the full potential of Luas and make it an option for far more people.
Peter Fitz wrote:
However, I absolutely disagree that Luas should pass through College Green - the whole point of any future pedestrianisation is that College Green would be elevated from the mere conduit it is today to become a key destination within the city, a relaxed pedestrian friendly environment. Despite the scale of Place Massena and the measures taken to minimize the impact of the tram line as it passes through, the space is in my view compromised nonetheless - its central space is not only dead, but dangerous – resulting in pedestrian activity drifting to the fringes. Given the comparatively tight confines of College Green, 40m long trams passing through every 5 minutes with or without their associated cable network will severely detract from the kind of public space we all know College Green can be.
However Luas BXD is not going to go through the centre of College Green, it will only be at its fringes, right up alongside the path around the West Front of Trinity College.
Peter Fitz wrote:However Luas BXD is not going to go through the centre of College Green, it will only be at its fringes, right up alongside the path around the West Front of Trinity College.
What you refer to as the fringes, I consider to be the core. Trinity's relationship with College Green is not exactly helped by it's railings, add to that a tram line, and the result is to introduce a further barrier of sorts between its fine western facade and the city itself. For me, the way both Trinity & the Bank of Ireland interface with the space is key.
On a side note, given that the council have seen fit to remove their own clutter for Obama, any chance those damn London Planes could be, ahem, temporarily removed too !?