ULI Advisory Services Workshop Report – North East Inner City, Dublin

Date: 23–28 June, 2019

Location: North East Inner City, Dublin

Sponsor: Dublin City Council

Title: Art As Radical Hope

Panel Chair: Vicki Davis (managing partner, Urban Atlantic Development)

Background and Panel Assignment

Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC) is a diverse and vibrant area of about 2.5 square kilometres and is home to a population of about 23,000 residents. Located north of the River Liffey and adjacent to the city centre, the NEIC has many advantages including its central location; numerous sports, recreation, culture, and heritage assets; a strong community; and excellent transport connectivity. Nevertheless, it is also an area that has struggled to address a number of complex, entrenched social and economic challenges. Disadvantage and poverty in the NEIC have persisted for many years despite numerous strategies, plans, and programmes. The sponsor for this panel, Dublin City Council, approached ULI to help the council develop a set of radical, transformative recommendations that would deliver sustainable, long- term social and economic regeneration in the NEIC.

Dublin City Council asked ULI to conduct an Advisory Services panel to respond to the following key questions:

  • How can the council develop high-level recommendations and key measurable actions
    that deliver transformational change to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, social exclusion, dependency, crime, low educational attainment, and low life ambition in Dublin’s NEIC area?
  • What is the one radical thing that the panel would implement in the area that would produce change for the better?

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