I live in Mayorstone in Limerick City:
Dare I hypothesise that those in charge of designing this public space think of it as a road*.
* Their title is “roads engineer”, after all.
Cities do indeed need roads to let people move from one area to another.
A road is where the law codifies your obligation to not get in the way of people operating machines.
A road is where you tell a dead child “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.”
A road is where you should not park your car, so you park it up on the footpath instead:
If Mayorstone is currently a network of roads…
…then what could Mayorstone be if it was a network of streets, instead? What would be different?
Here’s what a street can look like:
A street is where life happens. A street is a public space where humans move and interact.
A street can make room for a tree.
A street is where a parent may think of bringing their kid out for a walk.
A street is where these young humans are given permission to Be:
In Limerick, perhaps we need to empower* our roads engineers with the permission to be street and community engineers instead.
(I had originally written: “to arm”)
It may be that “roads engineering plus empathy equals street engineering”.