Finally.

Previously: Is It Time For A Car Free South William Street?

35 thoughts on “Free The Hipsters

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Finally indeed. They’re such scaredy cats for just ‘trialing’ it. Once pedestrianised there’s no reversal.

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  1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    But where will BT shoppers park their massive range rovers?
    Won’t somebody think of the range rovers!

    About time DCC! Hope they follow through on this and brazen out the criticism of the Car Park lobby (who usually manage to have this type of scheme put down)

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    1. David j

      Yes, they should pedestrianise every street between Grafton street and Georges street. There’s barely enough room to walk on those paths as it is and it would make a lovely area out of it over time.

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  2. d

    when the hipsters (article title ‘free the hipsters’) need their coffee and donuts or whatever is trendy, where will they get them from? They will magically appear in their cafe on SW and Drury Street. Or does some low paid van driver have to park and block traffic on another street and bring the order in.

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    1. george

      There would be fixed times for deliveries during low footfall times like there have been succesfully for decades on Grafton Street.

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    1. Kolmo

      The Pfft, I-was-pedestrianizing-here-way-before-it-was- cool-Quarter…

      (PIW-PHWAYB4-CÜ Quarter for the estate agents)

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  3. Tarfton Clax

    Or we could have a nice area with cafes and bars where families can perambulate, without risk of death by crushing, and reduce the air pollution and be a little closer to a real capital city, like grown up civilised cities in Europe. As opposed to trying to be a mini Los Angeles where the car is king and human beings and social spaces are actively opposed.

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  4. edalicious

    I was discussing this recently with someone and we both surmised that pedestrianisation could be a terrible thing for all the current businesses on those streets. Footfall will go up, rents will get raised, all the old indie shops and restaurants will get the boot, all the big internationals will swoop in and set up, and we’ll end up with another Grafton street. I think it is a brilliant idea, and long overdue, but I’m a bit apprehensive of what the potential risks could be to the character of the area.

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        1. millie vanilly strikes again

          I like to go in and touch the lacy things sometimes.

          They are, sadly, not real lace. Can confirm that the nipple clamps are definitely real.

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  5. Harry

    I think its just madness that cars are allowed to drive down past the Stags Head/Mercantile especially when the streets are full of revellers. It needs to be extended all the way to Georges St. This cant come quick enough.

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  6. Madam X

    A lot of taxis drop off customers close to Grafton St turning up South .William St to exit the area . I’m wondering while I think this is probably a decent idea how restricted access will affect foot fall. There needs to be some route kept open to allowed taxis to drop off.

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  7. Salmon Eile

    Speaking of declining standards – has anyone been in the Canada Goose section downstairs in Brown Thomas’s lately?

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