On Thursday 2th Vincent and I headed out to the markets to ask retailers, business holders, artists and educators about their opinions of the markets area and which challenges they faced in working there.
Some very pertinent points kept arising, though opinion was split on some major issues. Some of the things we heard included;
“Just demolish the place and rebuild. We need to move with the times.”
“I’d like to see any development plans retain the area’s sense of character…use existing buildings.”
“It has the potential to be a new Temple Bar, but more authentic.”
“There’s lots of opportunity for niche or specialised business.”
“The advantage of the Markets is that there’s room to expand.”
“The car park is a waste of space.”
“New families are isolated and as a result, so are their children.”
Food for thought indeed.