Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Not to sound bitter but what the **** was the planning behind the current layout facing Arthur’s Quay Park? The old Dunnes stores is ugly,obsolete dead space, as is the row of shops facing it (beside Martin’s pub) behind Roches stores (currently used as storage for Roches). the garden centre section of Roches is similary a waste of good retail space, it’s fair to say that Arthur’s Quay itself doesn’t embrace it’s view of the park.
My main gripe is that a proper development, facing the park could really add a vibrant section to the riverfront. The park itself is much safer since the cctv was installed and the bushes removed. This is a huge amenity currently being ignored by the city, it has everything the rest of the city seems to lack, ie a sense of space, natural light. The patio in front of the tourist centre would be perfect for buskers or whatever, and the weir and marina looks great from the riverwalk in the park.
The old Dunnes should knocked and a proper, attractive building built there, it is such a missed oppurtunity. Likewise with the derilict block of shops. We shouldn’t be building new streets and ignoring this quarter of town. It could dovetail perfectly with the new look Henry Street.