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By Graeme McQueen, 23 May 2017
What do the people of Dublin want their city to be like in the future? Dublin Chamber is looking to find out via ‘The Great Dublin Survey’, which was launched today.
The Great Dublin Survey, which can be carried out online at www.greatdublinsurvey.ie, 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 is part of Dublin Chamber’s ‘Dublin 2050’ initiative, which is exploring the need for better long-term planning in the Dublin region.
According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: “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."
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 summer.
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 said: "As well as the survey, over the coming weeks we'll also be carrying out a number of workshops with various groups to try and capture as many different voices as possible. This will include set-pieces with the homeless community, school children, the travelling community, businesses and people with addiction issues.”
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.
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, the institutions and people that they expect will have a strong influence on their life in and also the qualities of other cities that should be replicated in Dublin.
Ms Burke added: "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."