The reality is a selection of dereliction and how it debases community. Then we look to those who have funding, plans, and development. Jonathan Swift said “Give vision to the Visionless” but my fear is that these developers are solo agents in search of their own specific dream creating a form of gated communities.
Dublin 8 and rebirth of communities…but one must ask the questions why so much dereliction and what will be done. Sinn Fein are calling out for vast social housing estates but what happens if it is like when people were moved out of the tenements in the inner city to places like Finglas, Ballymun, Tallaght, Crumlin when there were no plans for infrastructure. We don’t want more of this.
Check out the following links and then decide what you think about dereliction in our cities and the formation of smart urban inner city communities.