Council’s grand vision should not be dimmed
It may seem foolhardy for Dublin City Council to propose a radical restructuring of traffic flows across the capital, particularly as the economic recovery is just taking hold. Motorists will be most affected, leading to fears that retail sales will drop. Owners of car parks also have a lot to lose, and have expressed initial concerns. But this scheme is not as radical as it first appears.
Grafton Street and Henry Street were pedestrianised more than 30 years ago. Streets in Cork, Galway and Limerick followed suit. That was at a time when traffic volumes were far lower than today, and when climate change had yet to enter the public discourse.
What is crucial to the future success of Dublin is a recognition that the city should be designed for people, and not cars.