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The transformation of inner Dublin: exploring new residential populations within the inner city

Peter Howley, Brian Clifford


The recent policy emphasis towards promoting inner urban living has been successful in attracting large numbers of new residents back into Dublin’s inner city. Utilising data from a household survey, focus groups and census data, this paper provides key insights into the changes that are occurring in the central area of Dublin city. In particular, this paper highlights how the recent population influx has not only led to a rapid physical redevelopment of the inner city but also helped to create a new social population, one that is much younger, affluent and ethnically diverse than members of older more established communities. In addition, this paper identifies possible problems relating to the long-term sustainability of these newly regenerated residential environments within the inner city.

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