Okay, I really shouldn’t moan about the traffic.
Isn’t all this traffic, in some ways, a good thing?
It may mean that people are crowding into downtown Walnut Creek, which is, last I heard, still one of the leading retail destinations in the United States. (That is, according to some of those shopping center/retail reports I occassionaly come across.)
People come to Walnut Creek to browse the stores, buy stuff, eat out, and ultimately–our city and business leaders hope–spend $$$.
Would it be better if our main thoroughfares were deserted this time of year?
I guess not…
It will be interesting to see the retail numbers for the final quarter of 2009. Judging by my various recent excursions downtown, including this afternoon’s traffic jam, people are crowding into downtown Walnut Creek this holiday season. And, presumably, they are spending money. But are they spending like it’s 2006, or are they spending like the sad, depressed Christmas season of 2008? Are they being extravagent? Or, are they being thrifty?
It will, indeed, be interesting to see those numbers…