Foreshore Freeway Project

'Foreshore development plan will exacerbate spacial and social divide'

Local firm Mitchell Du Plessis and Associates (MDA) have been named as the qualifying bidder for the tender put out by the City of Cape Town for the development of the Foreshore precinct.

But the proposal is facing criticism from experts at UCT's Centre for Transport Studies and the School of Architecture and Planning.

Professor Vanessa Watson says the proposed plan by MDA contravenes the City's own requirements.

She says the city's plan required a good amount of affordable housing, but out of 3 600 upmarket residential units, only 450 of them constitute affordable housing.

What this project will do is simply exacerbate the social and spacial divide that we've been living under since the apartheid days. It is in no way addressing that division.

Professor Vanessa Watson, Professor in city planning at UCT

It certainly is possible to achieve a lot more than they have suggested ... 450 units may sound a lot but it is nothing.

Professor Vanessa Watson, Professor in city planning at UCT

Watson says the project does not integrate with the rest of the city centre - and serves to act as a 'giant wall', cutting the city off from the sea.

She says it doesn't make sense to complete the unfinished freeways, since most cities are in the process of taking down unfinished routes.

It in no way responds to the character, environment and the uniqueness of Cape Town. It could just as well have been a project for Dubai or Shanghai.

Professor Vanessa Watson, Professor in city planning at UCT

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