Make Dublin Great Again

Volatire

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Dublin was Great in the 18th Century. The evidence of that glorious era is all around us today, in our buildings and street layouts. Over the course of the 18th century Dublin changed from a medieval backwater into the second most populous city of the english speaking world. A city of extraordinary prosperity, scientific and cultural achievement. The peculiar vibrancy of Dublin today owes much to a distant folk memory of that era.



Dublin is set to become the largest English speaking city in the EU. While still a very small city by international standards, it faces the prospect of staggering growth across multiple sectors simultaneously - financial, legal and accounting, educational, scientific, transport, cultural and technological.

There are powerful external forces driving the development of Dublin. The EU needs a large, dynamic, anglosphere city as a conduit to the US and the UK. And the US and UK need a large, dynamic anglosphere city as a conduit to the EU. Through sheer good fortune, Dublin is where it is at. Provided the incompetents in Government Buildings and Dublin City Council we do not fück it up, the city is on the cusp of extraordinary prosperity.

What are the main threats? I see two, one internal, one external

(1) redneck political gombeenism is always out to damage Dublin in favour of "balanced development". These fools think that wealth is a pie that shoud be divided up, rather than something which must be created continuously. Dublin's enormous wealth creation capacity is the primary asset this country has, but envious gombeens would like to undermine that.

Politically motivated, unnecessary restrictions on Dublin must be resisted.This kind of politicised nonsense, for example:

New city in Midlands discussed among Cabinet to help population growth and housing

(2) dirty tricks by German and French campaigns to undermine Dublin. The US and UK will see this for what it is, being well used to continental perfidy. Nevertheless, there are ongoing attempts to cut Dublin down to size.

Ireland victim of ‘black propaganda’ as Brexit jobs fight gets nasty

Frankfurt takes early lead in Brexit race to poach City jobs

Other threats may well emerge, but Dublin has the capacity, the physical and intellectual resources, needed to overcome them.

Make Dublin Great Again.
 


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Dublin was Great in the 18th Century. The evidence of that glorious era is all around us today, in our buildings and street layouts. Over the course of the 18th century Dublin changed from a medieval backwater into the second most populous city of the english speaking world. A city of extraordinary prosperity, scientific and cultural achievement. The peculiar vibrancy of Dublin today owes much to a distant folk memory of that era.



Dublin is set to become the largest English speaking city in the EU. While still a very small city by international standards, it faces the prospect of staggering growth across multiple sectors simultaneously - financial, legal and accounting, educational, scientific, transport, cultural and technological.

There are powerful external forces driving the development of Dublin. The EU needs a large, dynamic, anglosphere city as a conduit to the US and the UK. And the US and UK need a large, dynamic anglosphere city as a conduit to the EU. Through sheer good fortune, Dublin is where it is at. Provided the incompetents in Government Buildings and Dublin City Council we do not fück it up, the city is on the cusp of extraordinary prosperity.

What are the main threats? I see two, one internal, one external

(1) redneck political gombeenism is always out to damage Dublin in favour of "balanced development". These fools think that wealth is a pie that shoud be divided up, rather than something which must be created continuously. Dublin's enormous wealth creation capacity is the primary asset this country has, but envious gombeens would like to undermine that.

Politically motivated, unnecessary restrictions on Dublin must be resisted.This kind of politicised nonsense, for example:

New city in Midlands discussed among Cabinet to help population growth and housing

(2) dirty tricks by German and French campaigns to undermine Dublin. The US and UK will see this for what it is, being well used to continental perfidy. Nevertheless, there are ongoing attempts to cut Dublin down to size.

Ireland victim of ‘black propaganda’ as Brexit jobs fight gets nasty

Frankfurt takes early lead in Brexit race to poach City jobs

Other threats may well emerge, but Dublin has the capacity, the physical and intellectual resources, needed to overcome them.

Make Dublin Great Again.
The glorious Dublin you refer to and hold dear was essentially a large exclusive gated community paid for from the plunder of colonies and the slave trade, built by the British elite as a holiday resort. A disgusting creation. The remnants of that vile era should have been pulled down decades ago and the odious street names erased from history.
 

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Excellent OP. Fully agree. Dublin suffered terrible decline after the act of union and only started to make serious gains when the Celtic tiger came around and the worst of DeValera's ruralisation policies were quietly dumped.

The political landscape remains a difficult barrier though. As a country we were only a collection of feuding tribes before colonisation. I don't feel that we've really recovered fully from the tribal mind set yet and generations of brain drain has not helped.

While you look at other small nations, Denmark, Iceland etc. they pretty much treat their capital as their city, the centre of their culture and their gateway to the rest of the world. In Ireland people from as close as Tullamore want their own international airport, and now their own city. There seems to be no acknowledgement of the reality of globalisation and the necessity to have a City of global significance. Ain't nobody in Denmark talking about 'balanced regional development' i.e. goodies for the boys.

Things are changing but slowly. We remain the most rural country in Europe with only 60% living in urban areas.

Things Dublin needs:

Removal of the City Council which has conspired with An Taisce and the Georgian Society to harm the Irish economy and the Irish people.

A new super-council-regional authority with an elected mayor and tax raising power.

A removal of height restrictions in the 3 most central postcodes.

FUNDING from central government. At the moment we can't get funds for a small expansion of Dublin Bikes. There needs to be a serious amount of money spent on new metro and DART lines.

Some exciting developments are already taking place. In the next 3 or 4 years Dublin will see a small amount of high-rise development. A connected luas system and a new integrated ticketing system will introduce Irish people to connected public transport for the first time. College Green plaza will give us a breathable central pedestrian public space and people will start demanding more of same against the wishes of the car park lobby. We'll get there eventually but I wonder will we be able to modernise enough to keep up with global changes and challenges, BREXIT etc.
 

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The glorious Dublin you refer to and hold dear was essentially a large exclusive gated community paid for from the plunder of colonies and the slave trade, built by the British elite as a holiday resort. A disgusting creation. The remnants of that vile era should have been pulled down decades ago and the odious street names erased from history.
I think this post summarises the red-neck sentiment the OP mentions. It is based on anti-British sentiment and simplistic revisionism. The reality of the modern world doesn't matter a jot to these yokels.
 

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The glorious Dublin you refer to and hold dear was essentially a large exclusive gated community paid for from the plunder of colonies and the slave trade, built by the British elite as a holiday resort. A disgusting creation. The remnants of that vile era should have been pulled down decades ago and the odious street names erased from history.
Innate in the Irish psyche is this mawkish and pathological need to be admired. Doing it on the backs of others is part of this. Most of what's good is what the Brits left behind them. Stuff that was never properly maintained and modernised as time went on. Notable examples is the Rail System, Waterworks and our fabulous greens; Stephens, Phoenix, Marley, St. Annes...
 

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Dublin was Great in the 18th Century. The evidence of that glorious era is all around us today, in our buildings and street layouts. Over the course of the 18th century Dublin changed from a medieval backwater into the second most populous city of the english speaking world. A city of extraordinary prosperity, scientific and cultural achievement. The peculiar vibrancy of Dublin today owes much to a distant folk memory of that era.



Dublin is set to become the largest English speaking city in the EU. While still a very small city by international standards, it faces the prospect of staggering growth across multiple sectors simultaneously - financial, legal and accounting, educational, scientific, transport, cultural and technological.

There are powerful external forces driving the development of Dublin. The EU needs a large, dynamic, anglosphere city as a conduit to the US and the UK. And the US and UK need a large, dynamic anglosphere city as a conduit to the EU. Through sheer good fortune, Dublin is where it is at. Provided the incompetents in Government Buildings and Dublin City Council we do not fück it up, the city is on the cusp of extraordinary prosperity.

What are the main threats? I see two, one internal, one external

(1) redneck political gombeenism is always out to damage Dublin in favour of "balanced development". These fools think that wealth is a pie that shoud be divided up, rather than something which must be created continuously. Dublin's enormous wealth creation capacity is the primary asset this country has, but envious gombeens would like to undermine that.

Politically motivated, unnecessary restrictions on Dublin must be resisted.This kind of politicised nonsense, for example:

New city in Midlands discussed among Cabinet to help population growth and housing

(2) dirty tricks by German and French campaigns to undermine Dublin. The US and UK will see this for what it is, being well used to continental perfidy. Nevertheless, there are ongoing attempts to cut Dublin down to size.

Ireland victim of ‘black propaganda’ as Brexit jobs fight gets nasty

Frankfurt takes early lead in Brexit race to poach City jobs

Other threats may well emerge, but Dublin has the capacity, the physical and intellectual resources, needed to overcome them.

Make Dublin Great Again.
I agree with everything here bar the cringy tagline
 

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The glorious Dublin you refer to and hold dear was essentially a large exclusive gated community paid for from the plunder of colonies and the slave trade, built by the British elite as a holiday resort. A disgusting creation. The remnants of that vile era should have been pulled down decades ago and the odious street names erased from history.
Lol and replaced with what? Sh_tty brown 1970s office blocks and Hawkins Houses galore.

Wow, what a glorious vision :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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The glorious Dublin you refer to and hold dear was essentially a large exclusive gated community paid for from the plunder of colonies and the slave trade, built by the British elite as a holiday resort. A disgusting creation. The remnants of that vile era should have been pulled down decades ago and the odious street names erased from history.
*****************troll alert********************
 

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Steady on old bean.

The Millennium Spire has been recognised around the world as a classical erection of global importance.

(So much for the philistines and knockers who used to describe it as a monument to the unknown gurrier)

Indeed I understand that it's in the process of being added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites or something.

(Best of all, it's located in such a prominent place that the members of a certain ethnic group who are enthusiastic collectors of scrap metal haven't yet managed to whisk it away.)
Why not develop modern high rises based on Irish history
 

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Bring the British back then so
 

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Worthwhile discussing planning and building. Also worthwhile discussing massive drug addiction and alcohol problems at street level with the violence and threat that these bring. Without dealing with the latter you will still have a declining city no matter what you build.
 

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Your average xenophobic republican bigot feels hatred and revulsion when he sees Dublin's stunning streetscapes from the 18th Century.

However, the problem runs much deeper than that. Redneck politicians and socialists have no understanding of the role of the modern City in wealth creation. They emphasise only the downside of big cities, but never the enormous upsides.

Cities Are the Greatest Generators of Innovation and Wealth

Bettencourt and his colleagues at Arizona State University (A.S.U.), Dresden University of Technology in Germany and New Mexico's Santa Fe Institute, modeled the growth of a city according to three categories of factors: material infrastructure (road surfaces, electrical cable, etc.), human needs (such as total energy consumption and housing) and patterns of social activity, including total bank deposits, research and development, new cases of AIDS and new patents filed. The researchers sifted through an extensive amount of data on many urban systems—mostly big American cities, but also European (primarily German) and Chinese urban areas.

The researchers mathematically modeled these factors according to population growth to see how each respond when more people move to a city. They found that human needs, such as employment, utility consumption and housing, correspond directly with the population: As the number of people doubles so does the need for housing, jobs and electricity infrastructure, which encompasses the number of roads, gasoline stations and the like already in place and does not necessarily keep pace with individual growth—the ratio of user to facility simply rises. (And so, for example, there are simply more customers at the available gas stations.) At the other extreme, researchers found that increases in social activity and production outpace population growth. In other words, if the number of city denizens doubles, these factors—both negative (crime) and positive (wealth creation, total wages and gross domestic product)—will more than double.
Cities.

The bigger the better, literally.
 


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