Dubliners Thinking Big About City's Future

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By Graeme McQueen, 19 June 2017

Dubliners are having their say on the future of the city. Dublin Chamber is fast approaching 10,000 responses to The Great Dublin Survey, an online survey which is asking the people of Dublin to have their say on how they want Dublin to change in the future.

The survey sets out a number of thought-provoking questions that aim to capture the ideas, hopes, wants and aspirations of people who live in Dublin out to the year 2050.

The Great Dublin Survey, which can be found at www.greatdublinsurvey.ie, is open to all ages and Dublin Chamber is seeking to hear from anyone who has a connection to Dublin and an interest in the city’s future.

The Survey has been live for three weeks and people have been suggesting ways to make Dublin better across a broad range of topics such as technology, culture, society and the environment.

Dublin Chamber said top asks of Dubliners so far are for better transport, underground rail, an end to homelessness, a properly functioning housing market and a more family friendly city centre.

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. We're 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."

The survey offers up a number of open questions, which allow Dubliners to offer suggestions about some of the more ‘out there’ things they would like to see introduced to Dublin. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the more interesting hopes and suggestions so far.

  1. Phoenix Park will be made into a golf course
  2. The norm will be to work a 3-day working week
  3. The whole city will look like Dublin 6
  4. Water taxis/boats will be used to commute up/down the River Liffey
  5. High rise buildings along the coast
  6. Ban fast-food outlets from O’Connell Street and make it like Passeig de Gràcia  in Barcelona
  7. An underground metro network running on magnetic levitation
  8. Cars will be banned within the canals
  9. Grand Canal Dock will be a heated outdoor public swimming pool
  10. A cable car will run between Dundrum and the Wicklow Mountains, offering great views of the sea, hills and city
  11. City centre streets will have interactive art installations
  12. Create a second Bull Island in Dublin Bay to act as a flood defence for the city and build skyscrapers on it
  13. ‘Hold Me Now’ by Johnny Logan will be Ireland’s National Anthem
  14. Ireland will be ranked the happiest country in the world

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.