Reply To: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians
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Trinity seem to be proposing a restuarant for the corner building at Foster Place – outside seating would seem to be an excellent use of this street. However the trees along this street wouldn’t make it very attractive to sitting out in except on really warm days.
The new retail development at the BOI across from Parliament House will surely change the footfall of the area so I think greater pedestrianisation will have to be considered in the future.
The median here is very dark and forbidding at night as it is so poorly lit. However there seems to be some remedial works going on at the moment on the Thomas Davis statue. This might include floodlighting which would change the nighttime appearance dramatically. Also restoring the fountain (AT LAST!).
The ill-fated Metropolitan Street Commission in the 1980s proposed pedestrianisation of the whole of College Green. I even remember visuals of what it would look like including fountains.