Sunday 11 December 2016

Change is difficult, but we should all share this brave vision of the future

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

Artist’s impression of how Dublin’s College Green will look after it is given over to pedestrians and public transport
Artist’s impression of how Dublin’s College Green will look after it is given over to pedestrians and public transport

if cities are the drivers of economic growth, then both Dublin City Council and Limerick City and County Council should be roundly applauded for setting out ambitious plans on making them best in class.

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Both are very different in their scale and ambition. Dublin plans to increase use of sustainable forms of transport such as taxis, buses, Luas, trains, bikes and walking, while Limerick has focused on the regeneration of its historic core and providing a wonderful 200-acre park for the benefit of all.

Reaction from motoring lobby groups and car park owners regarding plans to ban taxis and private cars from parts of the capital was as expected. It would be to the detriment of the city, to retailers and to economic growth. But the measures do not propose banning motorists from the city, just College Green and sections of the quays. They also, rightly, show that the city centre is small and compact, and more than accessible by walking, cycling or by using public transport.

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