Reply To: Smithfield, Dublin
I think that both of you are making valid points as I too feel that Dublin needs a plaza or central gathering area. Central
Bank was one for the youth of Dublin but was considered by the employees of the building to be hazardous. Now the young people attempt to gather in other sqaures in Temple Bar that are designed almost purely for the tourist trade (squares surrounded by expensive shops and restaurants that young people cant afford to). In other cities like Civic Centre in San Fransisco or the Fontana di Trevie in Rome (well from there to the icecream shop on the corner of one of the adjoining streets!!).
Smithfield would be perhaps an ideal location for a meeting area but perhaps it would do would take away the areas identity and historical relenvence in Dublin.