Friday, March 9, 2007

Mar/07 Escape Downunder: Brisbane - Country town posing as a metropolis

Imagine a road network in a very hilly area, (e.g. West Vancouver plus Alberta foothills times ten). Build all your major roads/arteries only running along ridges. Then if you turn right or left, you must plunge downhill. Build all your housing in West Van circular one way-in style.  Also it ruins the game if you put up any decent road signs.  We got lost regularly 1/2 block after leaving the house.
If the local rugby team (similar rabid fans as the Canucks) have a game in their small 50,000 person stadium, the entire town is gridlocked in and out for 4-5 hrs prior to kickoff.They neglected to build any way around the major stadiums. It’s based on the national Aussie practice of making sure all traffic passes through the town before getting back on their version of an expressway. You want to extract the full dollar value from every traveler through.

What is an expressway? Beats me. they look like local roads where you travel 120 Km.  Entrance ramps look like short driveways into a suburban house lot. Couple that with drive -through liquor stores 24/7 and its a bit dicey to drive!  But all the restaurants outside of big centers are done by 8 PM.  Its like Victoria 20 years ago!

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