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I think that the so called finest public space that you are talking about is not actually a fine sapce. It is the buildings around College Green that make it so prominant. It will not be until they make the centre of Dublin completly pedestrianised that they would be able to make this area a meeting square. Dame Street and West Morland Street are two of the busiest roads in the city centre and to try to pedestrianise this area would be near impossible. The disruption that it would cause around the rest of the city would be incredible. The road network in Dublin is not near satisfactory. Definitly a jumble of interconnecting routes leading everywhere!!
In my opinion, if it was possible it would be great to make at least some of the area car free giving inhabitants and visitors to the city a haven free of polution, both chemical and noise, and make it a much more pleasent place to be. If you are interested in fighting the domination of cars in cities, you might be interested in a march that is happening on the 27th of May. if you want more information Ill mail it to you! Fight for the right for our feet to use the streets again!!!!pzipzinaParticipant
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.