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    Default How do you rate Dublin city?

    Just interested to know from those who are either lifelong Dubliners, or who have been here for a long period of time. It is a city that generates a lot of feedback - good or bad - from people living here or abroad.

    For me:

    Positives
    World class green areas - St Stephen's Green, Merrion Sq, and of course Phoenix Park, vast and where you can just relax from the stresses of the world.

    Older architecture - Ancient structures like Christ Church Cathedral, along with the historical significance of the likes of the GPO building, give the city an architectural history that few others can either match or beat.

    Variety of food - something that has improved over the years, where you can get the best Mexican burritos to traditional Irish grub. In most cases it is 'value for money'.

    Guinness - Best beer in the world, of course. And a successful world brand.

    Negatives

    'The Spire' - underwhelming, to say the least. A waste of millions.

    Temple Bar - if you're not keen on getting p1ssed out of your tree, and engaging in 'the craic', it is not the place for you.

    Transportation - The LUAS is still useless to those who live in the many suburbs where a stop does not exist.

    Modern architecture - a lot of the post 1922 works have left a horrible mish mash with the older 'red brick' buildings, in several areas.

    Divided city - it might be my own interpretation, but I don't think those living in the city really 'unify' with each other. Older Dubliners largely socialize with other older Dubliners, younger 'transplants' not originally from Dublin largely socialize with other transplants. Those from the different immigrant groups don't generally socialize with those from outside their own group. Call me too cynical on this, if you like.

    Homelessness - the growing number of those sleeping on the streets is of course a depressing sight, and an uncomfortable 'sign of the times'.

    Neutral
    O'Connell St - it is better than it used to be, but then you see the many derelict buildings still in or around the street, and the words 'unused potential' spring to mind.

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    Great city, great pubs, great people. It has everything.
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    Negative - Junkies, junkies everywhere and not a drop of smack to spare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolfe View Post
    Negative - Junkies, junkies everywhere!
    I was about to say that. They ruin the place. Also litter is a problem in the city despite the best attempts of the City Council and the litter unit.
    I have closed down this account, I am now The Rahenyite.

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    Planning.
    The road layout in dublin is almost entirely organic with very little obvious planning at a district level. There are two canals which really should be converted to motorways to create some semblance of access into the city for the hundreds of thousands of trapped commuters everyday. It is clear the city does not need canals for any practical purpose.
    The height limits should be removed on building.

    Architecture.
    There is nothing special about edwardian, georgian or victorian housing.The largest structures only have merit. Most of the rest of the old residential junk should be flattened in a replanning effort..

    Social Housing.
    For some reason, people are kept in the city centre on the most valuable land who cant support themselves. This should be stopped, these people could be housed in other cities for a fraction of the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RahenyFG View Post
    I was about to say that. They ruin the place. Also litter is a problem in the city despite the best attempts of the City Council and the litter unit.
    I'm a Dub but out of there a long time. I still love the city and the people but the junkies, while I pity them, are a scourge. They're just hanging around shouting at people and making a nuisance of themselves.

    There are also a lot of Roma beggars.

    Cue claims of racism, junkism etc.

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    I should add another positive:

    Famous names - from sport, music, literature, etc. For a relatively small city, we have done quite well I think in producing many known beyond Ireland.

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    overrated, overpriced, oversold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin M View Post
    I should add another positive:

    Famous names - from sport, music, literature, etc. For a relatively small city, we have done quite well I think in producing many known beyond Ireland.
    Punched way above the weight alright.

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    Dublin is ghastly. Housing estates everywhere. No transport. Bad infrastructure.

    One of the more dreary places I've been to. I don't rate a city on it's pub scene alone. In fact, if this was the case I'd still give it a bad score....if washed-up dark crap heaps is your idea of a great pub, then colour me uninterested.

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