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Evolution, Present Condition and Future Potential of the Smit hf'ield Area of Dublin

L. M. McCarthy


This study traces the evolution of the Smithfield market area of Dublin's inner city from the lime of the Vikings to the present. The market was established in the sixteenth century. From the seventeenth century the area was steadily developed but failed to become the prime residential location originally envisaged. Instead it attracted institutional buildings and working class families and became increasingly congested. The relocation of middle and upper socio-economic groups. Dublin Corporation tenants, and commercial activity to the urban periphery subsequently resulted in serious dereliction. The results of a building fabric study comprising over seven hundred buildings is presented and the impacts and effectiveness of Dublin Corporation's Development and Draft Development Plans are analysed. Having evaluated the area's evolution, present condition and existing planning legislation, recommendations for improvement are put forward.

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