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25th Oct 2018

PICS: Plans To Turn Dorset Street Into A ‘Vibrant Cosmopolitan Destination Village’ Have Been Announced

Kiara Keane

Local residents of the inner city’s Dorset Street have just revealed their plans to overhaul the area along with business group Dubhlin.

They’re hoping to return the area to its “former glory” by getting rid of the vacant buildings, adult shops and some takeaways – and Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring has already backed the plans.

Dorset Street used to be a popular shopping district until the removal of the tramline in the 1950s, when the area slowly started to decline.

Tony Kelly of the Lower Dorset Street Community Group said, “Dorset Street is the gateway to the city from the Northside and the gateway to to Georgian Dublin but it’s a gateway that’s looking old and creaky.”

The new plans drawn up by Kelliher Miller Architects would also see the creation of cycle lanes and wider footpaths, as well restoring shopfronts and the vacant floors of their buildings in order to turn it into a “culinary destination”.

But while the proposition has been welcomed by some Dubliners, not everyone agrees with the idea:

Architect Katherine Kelliher said, “A lot of things that people might see as big problems are not hard to fix. Scratch under the surface and there are fantastic opportunities in what we pass every day.”

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