We know pretty much nothing about whats going on on O' Cll St.
Yet its explicity stated in the IAP that the highest level of public consultation will be mantained throughout the project to 'capture our imaginations' & to offer updates etc
Even all here on this site with a general interest in built surroudings, let alone architecture, hav'nt the faintest idea for the most part whats going on, the type of paving, types of trees, the stalls proposed for the central median, lighting etc etc.
I had to give a presentation to about 100 Dublin people (adults) the other day about the Street, and the proposed changes.
NOBODY knew ANYTHING, even about the plaza outside the GPO, let alone about the tree layouts, tax incentives or the Carlton or Luas etc
Indeed the only reason people know about the idea of new trees on the st is because of the 'actions' of the Greens and all of the media hype surrounding it.
Ironically, of the 2 boards on the st providing exceptionally vague info of its redevelopment, 1 has been removed to build the plaza!
Why arn't there comprehensive information boards on the st, providing info as to the proposed physical elements of the st, and the timeframes & phases of development.
People love to read these things, not least if they are dealing with as grand a project as this.
We deserve them, not least as an explanation for why the street looks like a bomb site at the moment.
We see new hoardings and cranes coming in & going up every week now, but with absolutely no details given to the public.
No wonder people have little faith in in the St, esp added to by the Spire fiasco - in which also no information was offered, even with people standing around peering into the site the whole time around its construction, & the public asking the site contractors questions.