Developer row could lead to part-demolition of IDA Ireland office Johnny Ronan’s Ronan Group Real Estate against a subsidiary of the developer, Clancourt.

Why don’t more cities use indoor park space instead of outdoor? Offering tax breaks for building owners/developers could lead to valuable public spaces at the base of office towers.

Generally speaking, indoor public space needs to be highly programmed (have a specific use), or else the space is seen as abandoned or useless. Outdoor public space can be minimally programmed and maintained, like forests and grass fields, and still be considered to have a public open space benefit. So, even if cities require developers to provide indoor space open to the public, the cost to maintain and program the space would be very high and very potentially not worth it if there’s no planned source of continuous funding for the space.