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City needs to clean up its act or families will be forced to leave

'Would you live in inner-city Dublin?" was a question asked in an online poll conducted by the Irish Architecture Foundation recently. Yes, was the answer from the majority -- but not if they had kids.

Reading the comments of the discussion that followed, I wondered if I was being a selfish, irresponsible parent by choosing to rear my children in the city. If I was putting their lives and their futures at risk by exposing them to the rough and tumble of life in town -- full of junkies, dealers and petty criminals -- where feral youths break car windows for fun, and buggy pushing 'young wans' insist on wearing floral pajamas in the street, come sun or snow?


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