The Dublin Chamber of Commerce wants the capital to become a “15-minute city” as part of a new city vision.
The business group says that instead of designated office, residential and shopping zones, residents can work, shop and leisure facilities within minutes of their home.
The organization says the updated plan will reduce model car use and congestion and make Dublin a more active city.
It says a variety of housing options and access to safe bicycle routes, local public transportation, local health facilities, parks and shops are required.
The Chamber highlights the success of the ‘hyper-proximity’ approach in cities such as Melbourne, Barcelona and Paris.
The Chamber says the recent lockdown underscores the importance of urban planning in focusing on creating active and walkable communities where people can stay within 15 minutes of walking or cycling and access most of their daily needs.
Ebrick McGibbini, director of public and international affairs, said that reducing congestion and pollution, increasing public spaces, boosting the local economy and efficient public transport would improve Dublin’s international reputation and competitiveness.
Compared to this time last year, trade fell by 60 per cent as international tourists stayed away and office workers continued to work as housemaids. Dublin City Council Survey.
Decreased on foot
The numbers vary, with some parts of the north side returning to normal, while Bagot St. in the southern city is only 20 percent of what it should be.
To encourage activity, the council has provided tables and chairs with expanded footpaths outside of city center restaurants and cafes, and has attempted to walk the four streets of the Grafton St. area.
Dublin Chamber spokesman Graeme McQueen added that businesses need all the help they can get.
“Businesses in the city center really need help, and the numbers are still low in places before Kovid.
“The big challenge is especially during the week. The middle of the week is really calm between Monday and Thursday. It gives people the confidence to return to the city center.
“Bring families back, bring people back to shopping – it will help businesses, it will save jobs and livelihoods”.