An article in the book written by Ciarán Cuffe is an architect and city councilor in Dublin. Dublin’s development has been like a rollercoaster ride over the last few decades. In the 1980s, the city centre’s urban fabric was damaged by old-fashioned thinking that promoted road schemes and the destruction of historic buildings. They feared that Dublin would become a doughnut city like cities in the United States. Then along came the ‘Celtic Tiger’.
Cuffe writes about the change in Dublin, gives inspiring examples and about the opportunities in the city.
“With a growing urban sensibility, it may be easier to argue for urban realm improvements. European initiatives to tackle urban noise, air pollution and carbon emissions allow civic leaders to argue the case for better pedestrians and cyclist infrastructure.”