LDA Design showcase ‘Las Ramblas of the North’
November 26 2018
LDA Design working in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council, WYG and Sustrans have detailed their vision to improve the ‘civic grandeur’ of Edinburgh’s George Street by enhancing accessibility and active travel while fostering a stronger sense of place.
Proposals include prioritising pedestrians over vehicles by introducing wider decluttered pavements and introducing a dedicated twin-direction cycleway linking a series of new squares and seating in an approach which has been likened to a ‘Las Ramblas of the north’.
LDA Design director and project lead, Kirstin Taylor, remarked: “As a ‘Capital Street for a Capital City’, George Street is a significant part of Edinburgh’s history – it is vital that it continues to be at the heart of the city’s growth.
“We want to create an all-year-round destination, an inclusive place where people choose to spend more time. We also want to celebrate George Street’s fine Georgian architecture and make it a more positive environmental experience for people of all ages and abilities.”
To help gather public feedback an online survey has been created to gauge reaction to the initial plans.
Its fitting though, because Las Ramblas has become a soulless tourist trap. There's barely a Spaniard to be seen in its vicinity these days, nevermind a Catalan. And I suspect that's the vision for George Street too.
Mind you, I always preferred the Old Town anyway.
Hear hear. This is so plainly obvious that I am aghast that these moronic proposals have progressed so far.
And La Ramblas is a rubbish thoroughfare with relatively uninteresting architecture and tat. This is what happens when pinkos try and intervene in the timeless brilliance of New Town streetscapes. Putting some trees and Sheffield stands everywhere doesn't make good city.
Nice to see the word 'pinkos' still kicking a baw. Looking forward to 'long-haired popstars' making a comeback soon.
There is no similarity whatsoever between the two streets, so why has it been made?
And whilst on...the tram should have gone down George Street rather than blight Princes Street and the wholesale ruination of the vista and castle views.
George Street will be the main high end retail Street in 5 years time. Princes Street will be resi and hotels.
Err surely given princes street is like a elongated bus terminus does a few sleek single decker trams make any material difference whatsover?
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Why the need for dumbed down branding is completely beyond me.
'A Capital Street for a Capital City' (no need for capitals incidentally)....anymore crass jargon to add to this LDA?
Tesco car park trees have to go....and have nothing to do with celebrating Georgian architecture. LDA clearly have no appreciation of George St’s setting.