the city council budget is clearly going to be constrained over the next few years.
developers have empty pockets and will likely sit on sites, rather than develop them.
that leaves cork city in a conundrum: how do you facilitate and implement improvements to the city streetscapes, buildings, traffic and quality of life for citizens and visitors in this financial environment?
do members of this forum have any inexpensive suggestions for how the city can improve up to 2012?
clearly a lot of this responsibility will fall on the city council.
1. is there a case for a radical overhaul of the traffic management of the city centre? traffic on the quays hinders the movement of pedestrians, and enjoyment of the river as a natural leisure resource, while diversion of traffic away from the city centre would make the most of the refurbished streets for pedestrians.
2. the walkway beside the river from the north mall to dyke parade has proved hugely successful, and is used by a large number of people daily. the city council, anc county council should develop the walkway along the river from the lee fields to the angler's rest.
3. Library services: although the grand parade library seems in planning limbo currently, other libraries need renovation. i am thinking particularly of mayfield library, which could be a relatively inexpensive refurbishment.
4. park and ride: can we finally sort this out? they are glorified carparks after all. as i alluded to in point 1, the city needs a reduction of traffic in the centre.
5. some sort of local area initiative to stimulate property owners on macurtain st. this street badly needs remedial work. a lot of the shop fronts are quite poor quality, and above the shops don't look very good either. if the plan is eventually to extend the city centre towards a redeveloped kent station (whenever that happens), then macurtain st needs addressing soon.
6. washington st: same points as macurtain st apply.
7. barrack st area: as 5 and 6.
8. finally: basic cleaning and painting: a lot of bridges, lampposts, signage are in poor repair. they are relatively easy to fix. same applies to uneven footpaths, broken and bent bollards (eg north main st and castle st)
i know a lot of these suggestions won't rock anyones architectural boat, but grand plans cost a lot of money, and i think a few of these are relatively cheap and easy to implement, and would bring on the city no end.
sorry for such a long post.
has anyone else any suggestions?