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Thread: Grafton Street "Improvements"

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    Default Grafton Street "Improvements"

    Dublin City Council has announced that the existing distinctive red paving on Grafton Street is to be ripped up and replaced by grey granite paving at a cost of €4 million. This work will start just as the tourist season begins and will disrupt the city's main shopping street for over a year. The results will be to make the surface of Grafton Street look more or less the same as the dull grey granite of Henry Street.

    The council cites, as justification for this mutilation of the highly distinctive and much admired Grafton Street surface, the fact that many of the existing red bricks have to be replaced from time to time (due to the council's poor supervision of roadworks by third parties) and that this maintenance is too expensive. Hardly more expensive, however, than the €4 million they propose to spend to make the street look worse. How expensive can it be to replace and re-position a few hundred (at worst) red paving bricks of the kind found in thousands of domestic driveways?

    Dublin City Council: Dublin City Council launches Grafton Street Improvement Scheme

    It this destructive plan based on the expectation by the council of receiving a big influx of funds from the new Local Propery Tax now being introduced in such a draconian fashion by the Minister for Finance?

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    It all started to go down hill when they replaced the Christmas lights with bling.

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    Irish quirks:

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    2). If it is broken, ignore it till it's someone else's problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnfás View Post
    It all started to go down hill when they replaced the Christmas lights with bling.
    It all started to go down hill when they stopped cars driving down the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    It all started to go down hill when they stopped cars driving down the street.
    It always went downhill from Stephen's Green to Twinity Cawledge. On the other hand it goes uphill from Twinity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    Irish quirks:

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    That would be funny if it wasn't the gods honest truth.
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    Fickle street, it's so totally representative of the target audience. Red brick is sooo last season. It must be changed at any cost!
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    I wonder what the retailers have to say about this?
    I can imagine Bolland and Weston getting their Mont Blancs out of their drawers to write to the City Manager.
    Do Mont Blanc make green ink?
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    Is granite slippery when wet (Bon Jovi style)?
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    First thing that came to mind when I say this title was hope the hell they are going to do something about the carpark charges in the Royal College of Surgeons and St Stephen's Green Car Park. Last time I was there, which was over a year ago, I paid over €18 for 3 hours 15 minutes or something like that in the Royal College of Surgeons carpark. After that I said I would never go back and have not done.

    Edit - it was just a few minutes over four hours and just slightly below €18. Still totally outrageous.
    Last edited by Dougal; 29th May 2013 at 11:51 AM.

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