StephenC wrote:The trees are much more problematic and they cant just be chopped. I imagine DCC would baulk at the public reaction. The trees can only come down in the context of a design for the space...and unfortunately that wont happen with the proposed RPA works for Luas BXD (incidentally look closely at the plans - Luas F to Lucan is likely to result in a triangular shunting arrangement slap bang in the centre of College Green so any suggested minimal inpact is likely to be quickly dispelled if both plans go ahead. You can way goodbye to College Green as a civic space).
What can be acted upon is the unnecessary clutter and perhaps getting some new smarter street lighting installed such as the columns found at the GPO. But if you never ask...you never get. Guaranteed no one in the Civic Offices is thinking about this.....
Sadly true Stephen, I disagree on the trees however - I doubt they feature much in the public consciousness given their random positioning, relative youth and poor condition. The public reaction to the removal of the O'Connell Street planes, arguably the most prominent urban trees anywhere in Dublin was relatively muted. Fully agreed that in an ideal world their removal should happen as part of a coherent redesign of the entire space, but that is unfortunately years away with seemingly no realisation or determination in DCC to treat the place as anything other than a home for every type of galvanised pole known to man.
So in the short term; remove the trees, repave the islands, reclaim the vistas.