It would be a great little city if we could put…

first_imgAwnings were very much part of the streetscape on O’Connell Street in Limerick City during the early Twentieth Century.From the concept of a ‘soft day’ to the cinematic soakings in Angela’s Ashes, it seems that Limerick is synonymous with rain. Spitting rain, driving rain, sideways rain, lashing rain – it’s all part of the local lexicon. But what if we were to put a roof over the city? Rian Mac Giobúin, creator and founder of Eireannachtharlear.com examines an idea that may not be as fanciful as it seems.IN 1999, when Miguel Fernandez Lores presented himself for local elections in Pontevedra, Spain, his proposal was simple – to make the city accessible to everyone, especially to the most vulnerable.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up His philosophy was that owning a car didn’t give you the right to occupy the public space. Within a month of his election, he had pedestrianised all 300,000 square metres of the medieval centre. Since then, CO2 emissions are down by 70 per cent and nearly three-quarters of what were car journeys are now made on foot or by bicycle. There hasn’t been a road traffic fatality in almost ten years, and while other towns in the region have been shrinking, central Pontevedra has gained 12,000 new inhabitants and seen its local economy thrive.Pontevedra isn’t the only city trying to remove cars from its centre. Barcelona has been experimenting with the concept of “super blocks” since 1993 and in 2016 launched a new urban mobility plan which aims to reduce traffic in the city by 21 per cent and free up nearly 60 per cent of the space that is currently being used by cars, turning them into so-called “citizens’ spaces”.The strategy will see heavy vehicular traffic congestion taken out of the city centre, allowing the streets and public spaces to be used by people. Numerous cities, including London, Boston and New York are experimenting with car-free areas and Copenhagen, long-time darling of people friendly urban spaces, saw more bicycles than cars enter the city centre for the first time in 2016.The desire to remove cars from the city centre is also a theme which is central to the Limerick 2030 plan.Zeso Architects impression of O’Connell Street with roof coverIt states that there is a need “to put people before vehicles” and that the city centre transport strategy should seek to remove “as much extraneous car traffic from the city centre as possible”. The plan also seeks “to re-establish the city centre at the top of the shopping hierarchy…….by improving the range and quality of shopping on offer, in the context of a much improved experience of visiting the city centre as a whole”.It goes on to state that “this ambition can only be achieved by radically improving the shopping experience in the prime shopping area.”So how can this be achieved?In terms of the transport strategy, Limerick City and County Council has unveiled plans that will see €9 million spent on redeveloping the city centre. The LUCROC (Limerick Urban Centre Revitalisation of O’Connell Street) project aims to “improve the public realm, regenerate the urban fabric, reduce air pollution, and promote noise reduction”.While any attempt to improve the city centre is welcomed, many argue that the plans do not go far enough.#LiveableLimerick, a social movement led by former Secretary General at the Department of Finance John Moran, maintains that the plans submitted to date lack ambition, vision and sustainability and are a poor use of public finances.The group has proposed the introduction of a “super-block” concept to the city centre and has as its vision an area that gives priority to pedestrians, radically increases the number of green spaces and focuses on communities living, working, visiting and shopping in the city centre.To improve the range and quality of the shopping on offer, Limerick 2030 proposes a complete refurbishment of Cruises Street through a combination of renovation and redevelopment, allowing a wider range of retail outlets.The strategy includes a new square/plaza in the area around Arthur’s Quay and Cruises Street which would be ringed by shops, restaurants and cafés. It also proposes that the units on Cruises Street be reconfigured to create larger ground floor units as well as a complete renovation of the facades.The aim is to remove cars from the city centre where possible, increase footfall and improve the city centre’s retail offering. This makes sense given that both the Limerick City Development Plan 2010-2016 and Limerick 2030 identified the shopping malls located on the outskirts of the city as a key threat to the rejuvenation of the city centre.Shopping malls are attractive to shoppers as they offer free parking, often tend to be more accessible than city centres, and contain a range of leisure facilities to keep consumers there longer, including cafes, bowling alleys and cinemas.Perhaps most importantly however, indoor shopping malls are not affected by bad weather.Limerick city is one of the most westerly cities in Europe and many parts of the West of Ireland can receive up to 225 days of rain a year. While pedestrianisation of the city centre should be welcomed, Irish cities need to be developed in a way that addresses the realities of the Irish climate.One way that can done is by covering some streets to provide shelter for shoppers.Covered walkways and thoroughfares could be designed to link the city’s parking, rail stations, bicycle stations and bus stops with the city’s main shopping districts and public buildings.Limerick wouldn’t be the first city to cover its streets.Milan has the stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, while Madrid, Malaga, Seville and Nicosia have all covered streets to protect from the sun. In Bologna, it’s possible to walk in the shade of colonnades and in Toronto a new waterfront development will use real time weather data to determine how to optimize indoor and outdoor spaces.Japan has introduced covered streets and footpaths in a number of its cities including Kyoto, Osaka and Atami, while in London the Borough, Leandenhall and Covent Garden markets have all been covered, as has Burlington Arcade off Piccadilly.In fact, Limerick already has a precedent for this.In 2010 the redeveloped Milk Market was opened as an all-weather, all year round market space. It has been a massive success and a fantastic addition to the city and should be used as an example for what can be done in other parts of the city.Limerick could start with key pedestrian arteries through the city, possibly trialling smaller streets to start with so as to gauge public opinion and to manage costs. Retractable canopies could be used which could be opened back during the summer or dry days.Some streets could be fully covered, some only partially. They could be covered with artistic installations similar to what has been done in Agueda in Portugal, others with iconic architectural designs. The Limerick School of Art and Design and the public could be involved in designing and voting on designs, thereby engaging those who live in the city.#LiveableLimerick was right to call out the city’s original plans as lacking vision. While Limerick City and County Council should be applauded for making real efforts to rejuvenate the city centre, it’s time for Limerick to really step up.Covering our streets would make the city a nicer, more attractive place for people to spend time, provide a practical solution to the weather and really put Limerick on the map.So, what would it look like?Eireannachtharlear.com has been collaborating with Copenhagen-based Zeso Architects, to produce a number of alternative visions for Limerick city centre. The hope is that these will act as inspiration to the decision makers in City Hall and start a conversation about how to really put Limerick on the map.O’Connell StreetO’Connell Street is the main artery of the city and, whichever plan is eventually decided upon, it is vital that Limerick City and County Council get it right. LUCROC and #LiveableLimerick have both put forward proposals and each of them is compatible with covered streets or covered sidewalks. A really simple, practical and sleek design would be to utilise the already existing wide pavements and install awnings on either side of the street. Awnings have been used on O’Connell Street for over a hundred years and would provide shelter to passers-by and a stunning visual impact for Limerick’s main boulevard.Bedford RowOne idea for Bedford Row could be a series of umbrella type structures that would provide shelter to residents, shoppers, tourists and those working in the city on a day to day basis. The structures would provide pedestrian respite and opportunities for rest and reflection and the space could be used to host street markets, community events such as #LiveableLimerick’s street fest or even just a space to sit under while you eat your lunch, read a book or chat with some friends.Todd’s BowThe smaller streets and lanes around Limerick (for example Little William Street, Todd’s Bow, Fox’s Bow and Little Catherine Street) are where we could really get creative. Any number of materials (stained glass, wood, metal, tensile, etc.) or concepts (wooden beams, umbrellas, doors, chairs, hurleys, rugby balls, whatever) could be used. Design ideas could be submitted by the public on the smaller streets and votes cast to find the public’s favourite design. Artistic installations would act as a tourist attraction in and of themselves and really put Limerick on the map as a destination to visit.Cruises StreetCruises Street could be covered in its entirety. This would achieve Limerick 2030’s aim of rejuvenating a section of the city which it has identified as the prime shopping area. It would also fit in beautifully with the new Opera Centre development, dramatically improve the shopping experience, and perhaps most importantly provide Limerick with a truly unique selling point. Covering Cruises Street would create a fabulous atmosphere on the street and allow restaurants and cafes to open out onto the street. Not only would the city have a new shopping centre-type experience that could compete with the malls on the outskirts of the city, Cruises Street under cover could offer an alfresco dining experience the envy of every city in Ireland. 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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants big transfer signings from Arsenal before penning new deal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants big transfer signings from Arsenal before penning new deal Advertisement Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:52FullscreenArsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-1-chelsea-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2221606/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Mikel Arteta thanks Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal’s FA Cup triumphMORE: Laurent Koscielny sends message to Arsenal players after FA Cup win vs ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Dembele has been linked with an exit from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)But recruitment is also a big factor for Aubameyang and Arsenal have identified several signings that may please their star player. Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, Newcastle’s talisman Allan Saint-Maximin, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Lyon playmaker Memphis Depay are all under consideration at Arsenal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta, however, will have limited funds to spend this summer which is likely to hinder his efforts to overhaul his squad.Arsenal chiefs are prepared to give into Aubameyang’s demands, but could still be forced to deal with the exit of a striker.Alexander Lacazette has been linked with a departure and Aubameyang will expect a big name replacement for his fellow attacker.center_img Aubameyang inspired Arsenal’s comeback in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to see Arsenal make some big signings before he puts pen to paper on a new deal, reports say.The striker fired Arsenal to their 14th FA Cup trophy on Saturday and Mikel Arteta is desperate for Aubameyang to sign a new contract.Aubameyang is likely to leave Arsenal this summer if he refuses a new deal as his current contract expires next year.Arsenal’s failure to secure Champions League have hurt their chances of keeping Aubameyang, but the Gabon international could still stay at the club.ADVERTISEMENTLe 10 Sport claim Aubameyang is eager for Arsenal to make some big moves in the transfer window and is ‘dreaming’ of the Gunners luring Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele to the Emirates. AdvertisementAdvertisementDembele, however, has zero interest in leaving Barcelona, even if the Catalan club are keen to raise funds to make some big signings of their own this summer.Aubameyang is wanted by a host of clubs across Europe and has already told Arsenal his financial conditions to sign a new deal. Coral BarrySunday 2 Aug 2020 3:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24.7kShares Commentlast_img read more

Nigeria defender Awaziem joins Boavista from Porto

first_imgPortuguese Primera Liga side Boavista have signed Chidozie Awaziem from FC Porto. The 23-year-old Nigeria international will be having his second stint with a Portuguese club having started out with Porto as a youth player in 2014 before graduating to the senior team in 2016. His last action with the Portuguese giants came that year and has since spent time on loan with various clubs. His most recent loan stint was with Leganes in La Liga. Awaziem played 26 times for the Madrid-based club, forming a defensive partnership with his Super Eagle teammate and former Chelsea centre-back Kenneth Omeruo. Their pairing, however, could not save the club as they got relegated, finishing in 18th place, just one point short of Celta Vigo.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day Realities7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations Leganes conceded 51 goals in total but did keep eight clean sheets. Some of their famous shutouts were a two-legged victory over Espanyol which ended 3-0 on aggregate, as well as a 1-0 win over Valencia and 2-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao. There was also a goalless draw away at Atletico Madrid at the iconic Wanda Metropolitano in the Spanish capital. Awaziem got booked 10 times and as such faced a one-game suspension for an accumulation of five yellow cards twice. He also featured three times in the Copa Del Rey as Leganes reached the round of 16 and suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou in which he played the entire 90 minutes. Awaziem previously played for Nantes in Ligue 1, appearing 23 times in all competitions and scoring one goal. He also had a short spell in 2019 with Rizespor in Tukey, playing 16 times. He has been a Nigeria international since 2017, earning 12 caps and scoring one goal.Awaziem was part of the Super Eagles contingent that went to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, however he was an unused substitute in all three Group D games with Gernot Rohr’s men finishing third behind Croatia and Argentina.Awaziem played a greater role at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, playing 498 minutes as the three-time champions finished in third place.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more