ENVIRONMENTAL INEQUITIES IN FAST-GROWING DUBLIN: Combined scarcity of green space and affordable housing for The Liberties

Isabelle Anguelovski, Panagiota Kotsila, Dave Moore, Mick Lennon

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While Dublin hosts the largest park in Europe, the historic working-class neighborhood of The Liberties has the least amount of green space in Ireland, and continues to harbor low-quality parks and playgrounds. Such discrepancy dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Dublin’s industrialization was accompanied by dense housing construction to respond to rural migration and urban social needs. On the other hand, housing priorities have stalled the construction of green and open spaces in the city center and allocated new park investments to the outskirts, creating persistent conditions for the unequal distribution of green space in the city. In addition to historically low investments in green space, The Liberties has been plagued by high amounts of post-industrial empty or derelict space, long-term disinvestment and, most recently, by a housing crisis affecting long-term and/or socially vulnerable residents. Yet, as The Liberties embarks on an official Greening Strategy, compounded environmental inequities and scarcities in green space and quality, affordable housing, citywide uncontrolled real estate and economic growth represent dichotomous challenges for achieving sustainable revitalization in The Liberties and in Dublin as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Green City and Social Injustice
Subtitle of host publication21 Tales from North America and Europe
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781000471601
ISBN (Print)9781032024134
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • green gentrification
  • greening strategy
  • housing crisis
  • post-industrial redevelopment, post-crisis regeneration
  • pseudo-public green spaces
  • redevelopment of abandoned or underused land
  • student-centered gentrification
  • tech-driven
  • the inequalities at stake: deep inequities in access to green space
  • the urban development pattern of the city and neighborhood: fast-growing
  • the urban greening of the city and/or neighborhood: new neighborhood parks


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