Re: Re: Welcome to Ireland’s ugly urban sprawl
He writes: â€˜The government’s solution is to add an extra lane to the M50 orbital motorway and upgrade its junctions to remove traffic lights. The famous Red Cow roundabout will become a mass of concrete flyovers.â€™ – implies that the Red Cow roundabout is famous for a good reason and that a flyover will somehow be damaging to the environment.
He writes: â€˜Ireland is one of the most car-dependent countries in the world. Irish motorists drive on average 24,000km a year, far above the UK’s average of 16,000 and even topping the US’s 19,000.â€™ He uses this little-used statistic because car ownership rates are still low by international standards and it doesnâ€™t suit his argument.
He writes: â€˜The numbers of people commuting by car to Dublin in the morning rush hour increased by 149% between 1991 and 2001.â€™ But since then â€“ the numbers of cars entering the inner ring has actually fallen.
I can sort of understand alan d refuting the contents of the Guardian article, as he is not here to see it and experience it on a daily basis, but somebody who apparently lives and travels around here every day also refuting it is surprising (?).
I think this Irish Independent article posted by anto back in July is worth a look again:
And I wouldnâ€™t even be as pessimistic as Colm McCarthy at the end of the article!