Remember, during the bubble, how it was obvious to anyone with half a brain in their heads (thus ruling out the ruling Fianna Fail/Green coalition and the opposition who were very quiet on the tax-break funded building boom) that it was all going to end in tears?
A similar thing seems to be going on today. It's been mentioned here before, but I continue to be dumbfounded with how busy it is whenever I go out the door.
Last week, for instance, I was off work Thursday and Friday... and once again I was amazed out how busy the shops - and the roads in general were - during these two weekdays. Everywhere was teeming.
Now I know Dublin City Council recently produced research to show that the amount of traffic entering the area encompassed by the canals has seen a drop in bus, private car and pedestrian traffic since 2001. But I cannot believe the same applies to the anarchic arc of asphalt known as the M50.
There was a massive traffic jam on the N4 leading up to it, and Chapelizod on the way back was near stationary on the Friday afternoon. What is behind this? Petrol and diesel prices are at all time highs, insurance costs are up, people are supposedly losing their jobs - 2,500 poor buggers in AIB being the latest to be targeted - yet Paddy and Mary seem to love driving in their car more than Madness did. Even if it's not a quite a Jaguar.
What is going on? Ok, there is the usual thing about ferrying Oisin and Roisin to and from school - and at every lunch break - instead of letting them exercise their lardy arses now and again, but it does not explain why the shops should be hopping during weekdays. It does not explain why the roads should be jammed with traffic.
Just as during the property bubble, it seems that there is something unsustainable going on...
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