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So You Want a Metropolis?


Brno's paper Rovnost reports that plans are underway to widen the D1 freeway to six lanes. This "improvement" will only affect the portions that circle the city to the south. Minister for Transportation Milan Šimonovský announced that the freeway would be in service by 2011. Research indicates that, on the stretch for the proposed expansion, more than half of the cars are Brno drivers seeking a fast route to bypass congeseted city streets.

Thoughts?

Šimonovský is a minister from the KDU-ČSL (Christian Democrats) party. This announcement sure comes at a convenient moment for the elections.

So Brno wants to be a metropolis? Well, it's going to require a lot of ugly freeways.

In that file photo it looks like the freeway already has three lanes in each direction . . .

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In case you would like a little more context on the elections, the economist.com provides a convenient overview of the current structure of things. (They give a bit too much weight to the Union of Freedom party [US] and the European Democrats [ED]. Both of these parties are considered fringe contenders; in fact, it is possible that they may lose their five percent representation that allows them to have a certain number of ministers placed in the government. It also does not mention the quiet coalition between the Social Democrats and the Communists, which Šimonovský mentioned in a January interview.)

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