Re: Re: Erosion of Community ethos in new housing developments
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It’s mainly down to suburban sprawl. Developers, planners and the authorities are mainly to blame in my opinion – and also Irish culture to a degree.
Building without any regard to how a community would be nurtured in the development under construction is at issue. Naturally sprawl gives rise to car dependency because sprawling communities are less viable for being served by public transport. As said before, this car dependency reduces community interaction because there is less opportunity to do so when you’re in your car all day. Zoning also contributes because instead of mix use developments we’re building large single use developments so people are travelling from housing estate to commercial district which are usually separate and distinct locations, in their cars.
This also exacerbates social/class divisions because such communities are usually split along these lines. And because they are poorly served by public transport they also impair mobility for the lesser off which in turn reduces social mobility. There are so many studies into this issue specific to Dublin; it’s odd that the problem is still not really being addressed in any significant way.