22 thoughts on “Facing The Traffiic

  1. dav

    It’s to ensure the hundreds homeless in Dublin cannot get a scrap of privacy as they ry to sleep on the benches.

  2. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    People love watching people too.
    These benches face into the wide footpath/plaza, and are set closer the bridge parapet to afford max people-watching, and max distance from the noisy traffic
    If the orientation were reversed, the benches would have to be very close to the carriageways, so as not to have the bridge parapet in your face. It would be awfully noisy. I think they got it right.

  3. Bandy

    Thought they were facing the setting sun myself so they’re a nice place to sit in the afternoon/evening. Of course, they could have put benches on both sides to keep everyone happy.

    1. Gorev Mahagut

      The “kiosks” were supposed to be second-hand book stalls. I know some people in that business who were invited by the City Council to a consultation with the architect who was designing them. The architect produced plans for these kiosks. The booksellers pointed out that a second-hand book stall needs displays where people can browse through the books, but that in a kiosk 80% of the stock is behind the desk and you can’t browse. The architect replied that these kiosks work well in Paris and the booksellers pointed out that those kiosks in Paris are selling newspapers and magazines, not books. The architect then said too bad, we’ve already finished the design. Well, asked the booksellers, what kind of “consultation” is this? The City Council people said, we want to know if you’d like to rent a kiosk. And the booksellers said no chance. So the City Council built the kiosks and then took them down a short while later.

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        Another example of the great ‘thinking’ of the virtual illiterates in DCC. I fondly remember the happy hours once spent browsing the stalls of these fine booksellers. Great literature within the grasp of a pov such as me. Thanks to all of you. Bolleau to DCC

        1. Gorev Mahagut

          I kind of think it was a fail by the architect more than the council. I mean, designing structures that are fit for purpose is the architect’s job. But of course, I hate architects with a burning rage of a thousand suns.

      2. Brother Barnabas

        there was one selling paintings of a cow’s face (same cow, variety of different expressions and angles). and there was one selling venetian blinds. I assumed the council were giving them at zero rent.

      3. Sheila

        I remember when they announced this and then never saw any books being sold.
        But this story doesn’t surprise me one bit.
        Jobs for the boys.

  4. Boj

    And if you lay down on the benches you face the sky….what the actual eff, I mean like literally c’mon now, you know what I mean?

  5. Steve Connolly

    Last I saw of those Kiosks they were rotting away in the Dublin City Coumcil depot in St Anne’s Park.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Yeah, more “catchpenny” thinking on the part of our betters. Cheer up Lads, we’re in SUCH safe hands.

  6. Janet, I ate my avatar

    I belong to Glasgow
    dear old Glasgow town
    there must be something the matter with Glasgy fer it’s turning round and round
    I’m just a common auld working chap as anyone here can see
    but when I get a pint on a saterday night
    GLASGY BELANGS TE ME

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