Morlan wrote:A few more bins and seats on the quays. Job done.
Interesting idea. The boardwalk should be raised to the same height as the footpath. As it stands, it is not overlooked and leaves passers by in fear that they will be mugged. Nothing unique to Dublin; if you venture down for a stroll by the banks of the Tiber, you are at risk from Italian toilet-traders and the like.hutton wrote:Since the boardwalk has been constructed, I reckon theres a case to be made that the river side foot path should be removed, which would then mean that the path in front of the shops and buildings could be doubled in width: Any takers?
Exactly! In a city so overrun with traffic as Dublin, you could argue that creation of any new public space should - by definition - involve removal of traffic space. But not one square inch of traffic space was removed to create the Boardwalk! Instead It makes up its own space at the expense of another rare non-motor-trafficked area of the city - the river space.Graham Hickey wrote:... the Boardwalk pulling people out of the city when the quays could be developed ...
[The Boardwalk is a] practical and on the whole probably good solution to the city's current needs, but it shouldn't be used as an excuse to leave the quays as giant car parks indefinitely.
â‚¬750m Dublin Port Tunnel opened
20 December 2006 11:25
The Dublin Port Tunnel was officially opened by Bertie Ahern and Dublin's Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson. The first truck went through the tunnel shortly after 10.50am.
The tunnel, which is 4.5km long, has taken over five years to build. It is designed to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles using the streets of central Dublin.
The tunnel will allow a toll-free journey for trucks and buses between the port and the MI motorway at the Coolock interchange, in less than eight minutes.
It is estimated that, initially, some 6,000 such vehicles will use the tunnel every day.
Although the project is behind schedule and over budget, the National Roads Authority and Dublin City Council are hoping that the tunnel improves the traffic situation in the city centre in the coming weeks.
The Irish Road Haulage Association claims that congestion on the M50 motorway will increase as a result.
The tunnel will not be open to cars until the New Year.
It can't be a storm as it hasn't rained in weeks, and there's no underground streams round here - I think...
Devin wrote:It includes graphic visions of how the Quays could look if afforested and how the Phoenix Park could comprehend outdoor swimming facilities and even a beach, along the lines of the Paris Beach project.
Dublinspirations suggests the need for a strategy to regulate and minimise the profusion of visual clutter that has degraded many streets and spaces.
French farmers turn Champs Elysees green
Sunday, 23 May 2010 21:39
The Champs Elysees was turned into a huge farm today with plots of plants, trees and flowers laid out on Paris' most famous avenue to focus attention on France's crisis-hit agriculture sector.
Dubbed Nature Capital, the event is expected to draw two million people over the next two days and is organised by the Young Farmers association and the French forest industry.
Over a stretch of 1.2km from the Arc de Triomphe down halfway to the Place de la Concorde, the street is dotted with more than 100 varieties of grain, fruit and vegetables.
AdvertisementThere are also cows, pigs, goats and lambs but in small numbers with a view to showcasing some of the famous breeds such as the enormously fat black-bottomed Limousin pigs, prized for their meat quality.
'We are not there to complain about our situation, but rather to show off our work,' said William Villeneuve, head of the young farmers' association.
He hopes strollers on the Champs Elysees will think about 'what is on their plates and become more active consumers'.
French farmers are already a diminishing breed but one of the worst crises in decades has further unsettled the sector, fuelled by falling prices and rocketing production costs.
President Nicolas Sarkozy's government has offered an aid plan for French farmers with some â‚¬1.8bn in loans and â‚¬650m in other support payments.
Last month, hundreds of farmers rode into Paris on their tractors, bringing their worries about the future of farming to the capital of Europe's agricultural powerhouse.
Mr Sarkozy has in past months made several trips to rural France, visiting farms and trying to ease the anger of producers who say they are no longer making ends meet.
About 200 trucks rolled onto the Champs Elysees late last night to unload the trees, plants and topsoil and part of the avenue has been closed to traffic.
Nature Capital was designed by Gad Weil, an outdoor events planner who 20 years ago organised a similar happening that turned the Champs Elysees into a giant wheat field.