That seems a great idea, especially with the bus stop on the doorstep there, and easy access from both the northside and south of Dame St.
Regarding Starbucks, agreed about the appeal - it'll fall falt on its face. It seems to be grounded entirely on personal emotive issues.
Saying that, when College Green eventually becomes a special area of planning control, all fast food and convenience outlets ought to banned outright here.
Having never encountered a full-size Starbucks (I've led a sheltered life
), I cannot comment on their modus operandi but as TP says, the greater concerns are shopfront design, signage and associated issues. These are the matters of importance in this crucial city space, not the politics.
'Eroding the civic life of the city' is a tad much, but saying that, any further inroads by similar outlets to College Green ought not to be permitted as a matter or preserving the uniqueness and character of the College Green environment.
This is where the problem arises with such outlets as we have seen elsewhere in the capital - too many and it's too late.