Re: Re: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians
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@Seamus O’G wrote:
I see Munich’s Marienplatz mentioned on this thread in relation to the pluses and minuses of the use of College Green for public transport.
It’s important to remember that the location is fully pedestrianised, with not a bus or tram in sight – hardly any buses enter Munich’s city centre, while most of the city’s trams are only a few hundred metres distant (e.g. at Karlsplatz), but not in the Marienplatz itself.
I mentioned it as an example of an enclosed square, which, as you say, is fully pedesrtianized. The point is that, as much as I would love College Green to be a Dublin Marienplatz, College Green has different characterists and there’s no point kidding ourselves about that. There isn’t the same sense of enclosure, or of market space carved out of a medieval street pattern.
Having said that, if there was the slightest chance that College Green could be fully pedestrianized and the city centre served by a new network of S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines, even in the next twenty years, I’d drop any attachment I have to Luas, but somehow, I don’t see that happening, and planning is about being realistic as well as visionary.