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Monday 20 November 2017

Parnell Street Chinatown 'should be blueprint'

PLANS to revitalise the city's public spaces should use Parnell Street as a test study, Dublin Civic Trust has said.

The trust wants Parnell Steet East to be turned into an oriental quarter, with Asian architecture and food.

And it has recommended these plans be used as a blueprint for how the capital's entire landscape could be redeveloped.

City officials are currently seeking submissions to improve public realms like shopping streets, Georgian squares and boardwalks.

The trust feels many of its suggestions for Parnell Steet could be used across Dublin.

"It could act as a street test study of how the new policies and guidance on issues like paving, signage, furniture and reducing street clutter can be implemented," the trust's Graham Hickey told the Herald.

"It's never been touched really since the 1970s so it's one of the worst surfaces in the city. The pavements are very narrow," he said.

"There's no proper street lighting, no trees."

The trust's report, Parnell Street East: A Vision For An Historic City Street, has been submitted to the council.

In the document, it outlined how the zone could be revamped through development of a Chinatown.

It described the area as "one of Dublin's more forgotten secondary commercial streets".

The north inner city road has suffered from "decline and urban blight" for three decades, it said

Mr Hickey said the district could be improved by installing wider pavements and planting trees. He suggested the use of cobbled surfaces or very good quality contemporary paving with granite kerb stones.

The report sets out a "roadmap" for development of Dublin's Oriental Food Quarter in a block bounded by North Cumberland Street, Marlborough Street and Cathal Brugha Street.

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