Utrecht Envy?

I was reading the web site DutchNews.nl and they had an interesting article in their review of the year.

They looked at the Seven Deadly Dutch Sins which was an interesting idea and then listed some of the faults they had seen in The Netherlands in 2018.

Utrecht didn’t feature in the Pride , Lust, Gluttony, Wrath and Greed stakes which was a relief I’m sure to all you Utrechters.

But they did find a couple of tenuous links in the Envy stakes!

We all know that there is great rivalry between Utrecht and that city up the road called Amsterdam and it seems that it is coming to a head with Amsterdam striving to achieve at least parity with the great municipality of Utrecht at least in terms of Bike storage! Bike storage envy seems to be fuelling the construction of ever bigger bike parks in the two cities, with Utrecht holding the crown at the moment with 12,500 spaces. But. Amsterdam is apparently working on another 4,000 spaces to add to the 10,000 it already has around its main railway station.

However, many more are needed, so prepare to see bike parking envy or should that be Bike Station Wars increase even more.

This kind of thing though benefits everyone so may the great bike storage envy continue.

Each city in the Netherlands should get involved and there would be only one winner, THE CYCLIST

Then DutchNews.nl mentions Utrecht again. We wrote about this a week or so ago. They call it the cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face type of envy when they reported that the local council had decided to ignore the charming but unwritten rule that no building in the city could exceed the height of the Dom church tower.

They think that the architects must have been really, really envious of the Dom to come up with a design for a residential tower block that would be 28 metres taller than the Dom. I’m not so sure about envy, but it is a bit sad.

But again the ordinary citizen benefits if it means more places to live.

Liselotte Gijzemijter

It is a bit of a shame to see a quirky idea consigned to the history book. maybe they will change their minds who knows?

Have you any thoughts about the Seven Deadly sins and Utrecht?

We have a lot to be proud about, but what about self-pride?

Are you envious of anything or anyone? What about Wrath? What has made you angry this year? Let us know and we can report back to our readers!

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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