Dreams Of Californication


From IDA magazine Innovation Ireland in 2014

This morning.

In The Irish Times, Karlin Lillington writes:

Let’s call it the San Francisco-fication of Dublin.

…The non-stop expansion of the tech sector, especially of multinationals, is a major (though not the only) engine behind these changes.

In comes yet another company, cornering another area of Dublin’s Docklands; up go pricey apartments to accommodate high-salaried employees.

Developers arrange deals to take social and affordable housing requirements off the table, trading them out to already-saturated communities at the edge of Dublin without adequate transport infrastructure.

Then, in a pincer movement, this limited market is further squeezed by landlords who AirBnB their properties…

How Silicon Docks is killing Dublin (Karlin Lillington, The Irish Times)

Pic: IDA Ireland

Mean while…

Today’s iIish Times

Localisation Girls writes:

Whither the role of Irish media and property supplements and ad revenue in tech g-entrification of Dublin…

Earlier: Dreams of Californication

‘Really geeked’ about growing eBay in Ireland (irish Times)

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20 thoughts on “Dreams Of Californication

  1. Anomanomanom

    Read this early, its 100% correct. Dublin city will eventually be just a city with a transient population. Pushing whole communities out of an area generations of family and friends have lived in.

    1. Col

      This is due to the types of apartments being built and the “cuckoo funds” buying whole apartment buildings for rent.
      Not really anything to do with the companies setting up. If there were enough family-sized apartments available for families to buy, there would be settled communities. We need higher home ownership to avoid the transient population.

      1. Rob_G

        I think he is making more the point that we shouldn’t just preserve in aspic a section of the city as some sort of weird museum piece of when Dublin was poor and had nothing going on.

        There is a housing crisis, and this is some land close to the city & on the DART line – of course they should be building big apartment buildings there.

  2. SOQ

    Karlin Lillington misses one important point about San Francisco – at least according to someone I met recently who is just back. He said that one of the reasons for so many poor and homeless in San Francisco is that some years back they setup a welfare and health system which was way better than anywhere else in The States.

    I am not sure how much truth there is in this opinion but a head count of homeless vs elsewhere would confirm- or not.

  3. J Rodgers

    San Francisco-fication is 100% on track.

    I last visited SF 8 years ago. Far from the utopian vision usually presented I found many aspects of the city frightening. From the hyper competitive culture where everyone from the taxi driver to the bell boy is agressivly pitching you their side business, to the crazy rental costs where young graduates give their months salary over for a shoe box while convincing themselves they have the best “quality of life” commuting 2 hours on a 6 lane highway and living off the company canteen as they can’t afford to buy food.

    The neglect of homeless and poor is just shocking, humans left to bake in the sun and deteriorate into mental cases, some naked roaming on the streets (ask and you’ll find many of them normal people who just fell on hard luck financially or went through a breakup but couldn’t get back on the ladder).

    Bland startup mono-culture stripping the character of areas where arts, diversity and creativity had previously created vibrant interesting communities where there was a space for everyone.

    I feared our FDI/market-led governance class would take Dublin in same direction and they seem to be doing just that. Hollowing out inner core to cater for constant flow of office developments, co-working spaces displacing once social housing. Shortage of accommodation driving to soaring rents now near SF levels and the existing population forced into sharing co-living spaces or moving beyond the suburbs to commute in a city with virtually no mass transit and car dependant.

    Don’t get me wrong I’m not against progress, cities have to compete, change and evolve. Dublin is thriving and vibrant mix of cultures at the moment and some good things happening. We needed that FDI drip to get through the last crash as we have don’t seem to have the ability generate indigenous industry like Denmark and some other small countries do.

    But the handling of the housing crisis shows how wedded our political class are to blindly following ‘the-market will solve it” model. Without any vision of who we are and what we value to guide policy we will continue to follow the US pattern, risk losing our unique character and slowly becoming another bland US satellite city bowing to the whims of the tech giants in the name of “high-value jobs”, excited by the opening of a Shake shack or Krispy-kreme with a few shamrocks on the side so the tourists know they are abroad.

    1. PaddyM

      A lot of would-be Elysium dwellers. Presumably the povs and the ten-to-a-room Brazilian service workers will be decanted somewhere beyond the outer reaches of Mulhuddart, to be ferried in as and when they’re needed to serve our new elite in the car-free, skanger-free Nirvana that will be created between the canals.

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