We have some information mapped into our GIS, but not yet all. We have also been running a parallel process for choosing an area whereby we use ‘softer’ means (such as instinct, or looking over our information gathered from people we’ve talked to) to choose our prototype area.
Here’s mine…based on a mixture of what I’ve heard from the people that we’ve spoken to and instinctively choosing an area that appears to me to be a hotbed of all of our themes.
(Slide number in top right of slide corresponds with the number below.)
- I’m choosing Capel Street, Capel Bridge and Parliament Street…to form a central vein or backbone…then adding in surrounding areas as required to suit prototyping our challenges and opportunities found. Choosing such a central spine would also help us promote/advertise our activities which might be taking place in the ‘back areas’.
- The area populations are even between males and females but sharply spike between 20-35 year olds.
- There are numerous vacant properties in the area which we could work with. There are also a few vacant lots which are now used for surface carparking.
- There is a good mix of mixed-use properties and both separate commercial and residential properties in the area. Therefore the area represents a good opportunity to demonstrate both day-time and night-time activities.
- The area is one of the most representational areas in the City in terms of a healthy mix of private and social housing, and also provides a good opportunity to engage with multicultural people in Dublin.
- The area has a large number of under-utilised parks and also with some ‘green’ items.
- The proposed zone contains both great opportunities for moving around (3 Dublin Bike stations, a Luas line and also bus stops), and also challenges such as an over-trafficed street and one-way systems.
- The area of Capel Street specifically was mentioned by several people in terms of safety. Numerous surrounding areas were also mentioned.
- The expense of Dublin City was one items raised repeatedly. Capel Street is one of the cheaper streets in Dublin. The area also contains (or has nearby) pay-as-you-go office space, cars and bikes…and also pretty good public transport links – which could make it one of the cheaper areas in the city to work or start up a business.
- There are numerous facilities which appear under-utilised to me.
- The area has bars, some late bars and also an ‘Early House’ (but no night club). It might provide a good testing area.
- Numerous gems surround the area.
- Ensuring that the proposed area crosses the Liffey ensures that the Northside/Southside divide issue could be explored. Capel Street Bridge is also one of the wider bridges and has a history of structures on it (if that becomes necessary).
- As a counterpoint to Dundrum, this area contains the potential for small and varied (Capel Street & Parliament Street and Temple Bar West) and large international (Mary and Henry Street) shopping all within very close proximity (one of the reasons people like Dundrum SC). It also has some of the only free near-city parking and also potential for a large cheap or free car park in DCC’s basement carpark.
- Designing Dublin has numerous ‘friends’ (businesses or individuals that we’ve spoken to, worked with, or are supported by) in the area.
- This zone contains a Local Authorities office, a university, large markets, large shopping centres, and cultural centres. Few areas in the city contain such a mix.
- Where Needs More Love? Well, the area mentioned most to us (from Linnea and Nuala’s research) was Smithfield. How better to help Smithfield than to better connect it to the bustling areas of the city. The second-most mentioned area was O’Connell Street. Working in this area would also indirectly help O’Connell Street. As you can see from this slide, the Capel Street/Parliament Street spine links 6 areas of the city. Isn’t that what this project is about?!
- Playgrounds and schools for children.
- Popular places for teens.
- Students in the area.
- Various items for seniors in the area.