So far the mapping project has been looking at the status quo in Dublin Central. A walk around the constituency reveals that as well as all our great arts and cultural assets there are many many derelict sites and vacant buildings in the area that could be transformed and could contribute to its regeneration if there was the will and the imagination to make this happen. For example, people may be familiar with the pop-up phenomenon, if not here’s an article from the Financial Times and another from the trendwatching.com website. While it may not be necessary or desirable to replace the Buddleia with preening hipsters everywhere with their skinny jeans and funny haircuts, arts and cultural projects are at least one of the positive uses to which these neglected parts of the city can be put. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello, who lives in Stonybatter and represents the North Inner City Local Electoral Area is apparently very interested in regeneration, so there’s an opportunity there the next time you pass by her clinic.
Can anyone who has the time and the technology please photograph and post to Flickr, or whichever photo sharing website you prefer (as long as it’s publicly accessible), any of the locations on the Dublin Central Cultural Map as well as those that have future potential. If you can then tag the images ‘Dublin Central Cultural Map’ they can be gathered together into one feed that will provide strong visual material to support our case. If you are one of the aforementioned preening hipsters and have a smartphone you could event geotag your photos.