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WATCH: What if Cape Town knocked down its freeways?

What are some ways in which downtown Cape Town can be re-imagined?  A few key changes could fundamentally change the way the Cape Town bowl is integrated in with the harbour and sea. By moving the elevated freeway and current parking lots underground, the city gains not only space crucial to development, but also increased access to waterfront views. This proposed addition of two canals parallel to one another and flowing into the sea would also increase this area’s natural flow. If this new land were to be split in between business and tourism as he indicates, the city as a whole stands to profit.

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  • Sean Dayton

    Cool video! But can we please redirect our attention to how we can persuade Transnet to allow public access to the water’s edge? The freeways don’t actually block access – Transnet’s high fences do, and as we have seen with the Gardens bridge (and what you can see in Johannesburg in Newtown), through movement under freeways is possible if you have a concentration of activity around the space, rather than having the current dead space.

  • Mark Molema

    I think this would be awesome for Cape Town. Really think they should consider this! Highways are an eye-sore anyways.

  • Lucia Giesler

    Great principles in this presentation (market, visibility, waterways) and I would love to see something like this come to pass! Thank you for sharing the vision.