David McWilliams: For Dublin, the only way is up

Our development model is pure West Coast America

28th August, 2016
Dublin City should build upwards instead of more commuter towns Pic: iStock

Every Saturday throughout the early 1960s, a dull drone could be heard over the Colorado plains. The light aircraft flew low, at around 2,000 feet. Inside, the pilot plotted future roads, suburban housing schemes and new business parks.

Ray Kroc was looking for cheap land and was planning a revolution for suburban America even before the suburbs existed. Kroc, the mastermind behind McDonald’s, soon graduated to helicopters and by the 1980s, the company was one of...

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