Saturday 20 January 2018

The sky's the limit - but as with all property, it's about the right location

High-rise living benefits residents and society, so don't restrain Dublin's ambition to reach for the sky, writes Niamh Horan

Living the high life: New 22-storey building planned for Tara Street
Living the high life: New 22-storey building planned for Tara Street
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

It's little surprise that Ireland's new wave of construction has been met with fear. Ugly, ill thought-out buildings and bad planning destroy cities. Two decades of this has left Ireland despoiled with ghost estates, monotonous residential developments on Dublin's commuter belt and shabbily built blocks of flats.

Foxrock residents have expressed fears over an "existential threat" from a number of proposed high-density developments in their area, a Georgian village filled with trees and stone walls.

Their cri de coeur has raised a cheap laugh but if you consider it, they have voiced everyone's concerns: "What happens in the next little while is going to define us forever."

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