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  • Northside West

Dubs have some daft ideas about the city’s future

Sunday, 16th July, 2017 4:00pm
Dubs have some daft ideas about the city’s future

Pictured at the launch of the Great Dublin Survey were Sam McQueen (5), Hannah Lyons (5), Michael Lyons (5), Rose Foster (9), Liam Cullen (9) and Tommy Cullen (4).

Dubs have some daft ideas about the city’s future

Pictured at the launch of the Great Dublin Survey were Sam McQueen (5), Hannah Lyons (5), Michael Lyons (5), Rose Foster (9), Liam Cullen (9) and Tommy Cullen (4).

DUBLINERS have come up with some wacky suggestions in a survey on the future of the city.

The Great Dublin Survey offers Dubs a chance to have their say on how they’d the city to look in 2050 and while many would like better transport, underground rail and an end to homelessness, others have more off-beat notions.

“We're getting some really interesting feedback on how the city centre needs to evolve, with more pedestrianised streets, rooftop gardens and more places to relax,” said Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke.

“We're also receiving some more 'out there' suggestions.”

Dublin Chamber, which is behind the Great Dublin Survey, has pulled together a list of some of the more interesting hopes and suggestions so far.

• Phoenix Park to be made into a golf course

• The norm to be a three-day working week

• Water taxis/boats to be used to commute up and down the Liffey

• High-rise buildings along the coast

• O’Connell Street to be made more like Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona

• An underground metro network running on magnetic levitation

• Grand Canal Dock to be a heated outdoor public swimming pool

• A cable car to run between Dundrum and the Wicklow Mountains, offering great views of the sea, hills and city

• City centre streets to have interactive art installations

• Create a second Bull Island in Dublin Bay to act as a flood defence for the city and build skyscrapers on it

• ‘Hold Me Now’ by Johnny Logan to be Ireland’s National Anthem.

The findings of the Survey will be fed back by the Chamber to decision makers and used to influence the Chamber's policy work, as it sets out to ensure that Dublin becomes a better place to work, live and visit for both current and future generations.

“When it comes to quality of life, Dublin currently sits outside the top 30 cities in the world,” said Burke.

“By listening to the ideas of the people, we want to see Dublin rise up those rankings and challenge the world's best cities for the standard of living that they offer.”

“Whether you're 13 or 73 years old, we want to hear from you. This is your opportunity to shape the future of your city. Dublin is currently a good city to live in. We want to ensure that in the future it is a great city."

The questions in the brief survey are based on initial work done by the Chamber and Amarach Research last year, which identified the key characteristics of successful cities.

The Great Dublin Survey can be found at www.greatdublinsurvey.ie. Full results will be published in the autumn.

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