Dubliners Asked to Join Conversation About City's Future

Dubliners Asked to Join Conversation About City's Future
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By Graeme McQueen, 11 June 2017

More than 5,000 Dubliners have joined the conversation so far about what they’d like to see happen in Dublin between now and the year 2050.

The views have been shared in The Great Dublin Survey, an online poll being carried out by Dublin Chamber which sets out a number of thought-provoking questions that aim to capture the ideas, hopes, wants and aspirations of people who live in Dublin.

The Great Dublin Survey - which can be found at www.greatdublinsurvey.ie is part of Dublin Chamber’s ‘Dublin 2050’ initiative, which is exploring the need for better long-term planning in the Dublin region.

The survey asks Dubliners to think ahead to the year 2050 and to consider where they want to live in the city, how they'd like to get around, the social amenities they'd like to see in their local communities, how prepared they are for technology to play an increasing role in daily life and the institutions and people that they expect will have a strong influence on their life.

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "We're delighted with the response so far and people are really engaging with the idea of being able to play a role in shaping the future of their city. Unsurprisingly, many answers relate to the need for better public transport and a properly functioning housing market. We're also getting some really interesting feedback on how the city centre needs to evolve, with more pedestrianised streets, rooftop gardens and more places to relax. We're also receiving some more 'out there' suggestions that we look forward to sharing the full results in the Autumn."

In the Great Dublin Survey, Dubliners are also being asked to put forward the qualities of other cities that should be replicated in Dublin. Suggestions so far include the cleanliness of Luxembourg, London's public transport network, Copenhagen's cycling infrastructure and green focus, Hong Kong's safety and Zurich's family friendliness.

The Great Dublin Survey is open to people of all ages and will remain live until the end of June. The Chamber will publish the findings of the survey later this year.

The findings of the Survey will be fed back by the Chamber to decision makers and used to influence the Chamber's policy work, as it sets out to ensure that Dublin becomes a better place to work, live and visit for both current and future generations.

Ms Burke added: "We are giving Dubliners the opportunity to have their say on what they want and need their city to be like in the future. When it comes to quality of life, Dublin currently sits outside the top 30 cities in the world. By listening to the ideas of the people, we want to see Dublin rise up those rankings and challenge the world's best cities for the standard of living that they offer. Whether you're 13 or 73 years old, we want to hear from you. This is your opportunity to shape the future of your city. Dublin is currently a good city to live in. We want to ensure that in the future it is a great city."

The questions in the brief survey are based on initial work done by the Chamber and Amarach Research last year, which identified the key characteristics of successful cities.