KeepAnEyeOnBob wrote:I still say if the buildings on William street were spruced up, then despite the rubbish modern buildings at the start of the street, with the streetscape remodelled it would be leagues ahead of Cruises Street. As is it is often busier and people cross back and forth despite the traffic.
Cruises Street has a feel of a back-alley. Not surprising as basically that is what it is. It seems disappointing that the money that went into knocking Cruises Hotel and building Cruises Street couldn't have gone into upgrading/refurbishing/replacing buildings along the existing streetscape - surely there was ample opportunity around that area even without Cruises Street. Now we still have the eyesores of the old Dunnes, Roches extension/Liddy St. shops, Penneys, Brown Thomas, the old Burgerland building (opposite Williamscourt - which was pretty much the land of the living dead until recently with Guineys). The new buildings on Sarsfield Street may as well have not been built - they are so grim looking! (being occupied would only make them marginally better than they are). Surely the money could have gone into replacing ugly modern buildings instead of tearing down an historic hotel and giving an excuse not to pedestrianise or upgrade existing long-standing city centre shopping streets (which have largely been left to rot until now).
To dismiss Cruises Street as nothing but a back-alley is absurd. These forty or so shops on a pedestrian street brought a healthy injection of fresh blood to the cityâ€™s centre retail trade twenty years ago. Granted the main thrust of this development was powered by English high street outlets which proved a success in maintaining footfall for the city centre, especially William Street.
The real disappointment for me is that Lower William Street has after twenty years still not grasped its good fortune by not building on the success of Cruises Street. For example there are two candidates on William Street which would be ideal for a Marks & Spencer Department Store.
The first building Sports 2000, which is also connected to Cruises Street to the rear.
The second building with EBS, Golden Grill and Centra is a waste of a high profile site.
My biggest disappointment is one local shoe shop on the corner of Chapel Street / William Street for doing shag-all with its shop front since Cruises Street opened.