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Old September 11th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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Cancelled Expressways and Freeways

In most of Western cities there were lots of expressways and freeways planned after WWII but because of their spoiled democracy most of them were cancelled.
These cities were Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, London, Paris and much more.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #2
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Ile de France Expressway and Autoroute network
red : Motorway built
dark purple : deleted
green : renamed project
orange : plan Pompidou (freeway in the center of Paris) deleted
light purple : freeways built
brown : project approved.



Plan Pompidou in Paris
Double blue line : freeway. (6 at 8 lanes)
Dark blue line : avenue, boulevard without intersection or single way freeway for the Seine banks.
light blue line : avenue or boulevard with underground passage.
blue circle : interchange
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Old September 12th, 2011, 12:07 AM   #3
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The system was proposed in 60's and 70's and most of it was cancelled in 70's
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Old September 12th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #4
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Toronto Cancelled Expressways:
Plans in 1944:

Plans in 1954:

The results of the plans:

The comparison of the proposed but cancelled network of 1966 and today's
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Old September 12th, 2011, 12:39 AM   #5
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This is how Spadina Expressway would have looked like in Toronto:


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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #6
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South Africa has quite a few.

The reasons are a little different from in Europe and were mostly economic. After the Second World War, the South African economy boomed massively reaching a peak in the late 1960s and this coincided with massive growth in traffic.

After that, political instability resulting from internal and external opposition to apartheid and the intervention of Soviet and Cuban troops in neighbouring countries caused an economic slowdown which prevented many schemes from being built. The most famous are the incomplete flyovers in Cape Town, where work was frozen in 1976:-

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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #7
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London has a lot of propose motorways...

AKA London Ringways...

I'm glad they didn't get built although I do think that some of it could have been completed...such as North Circular Motorway and a further ring outside the M25

This is a video about it all!


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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #8
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This could have been a very immpresive network.
this is another map of the central London plans
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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #9
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Extra post :bash2:

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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #10
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London has a lot of propose motorways...

AKA London Ringways...

I'm glad they didn't get built although I do think that some of it could have been completed...such as North Circular Motorway and a further ring outside the M25

This is a video about it all!


These would have been fantastic! Especially the south cross route as South London is such a mess. Also, on such a massively important route as the M25, duplication of roads is necessary (ie one motorway is not enough) in particular on the western side.

If they had been built in the 1960s, the inevitable whining and moaning would be long forgotten by now and no-one would remember what all the fuss was about.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:55 AM   #11
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That's why I created the thread. To tell people that forcing governments to stop a big project is not useful. The problems of big constructions are short-term while their benefits are long-term
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Old September 12th, 2011, 01:59 AM   #12
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Boston's Cancelled Expressways
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Old September 12th, 2011, 02:09 AM   #13
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That's why I created the thread. To tell people that forcing governments to stop a big project is not useful. The problems of big constructions are short-term while their benefits are long-term
Very nuanced point of view you've got there....

EDIT: Also, some of those supposedly-canceled expressways in Boston were in fact built.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 02:18 AM   #14
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Those plans for Paris are so cool. IT would be a much better city (not that it is bad) had they got modern freeways right into the heart of the central areas.

When I was driving in Manhattan, I realized how bad cross traffic is because it lacks the two proposed crosstown links, namely the Lower Manhattan Expressway. With a sleek design and modern lighting, it would be a tremendous addition to Lower Manhattan and ease traffic from NJ to Brooklyn.
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Robert Moses plan for NYC wont't be missed.And none of those cutting heavily urbanized areas.
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Paris is so lefty. all they do is turning streets in sidewalks and building new tramways...
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:02 AM   #17
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Maybe the next government helps a little bit
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:04 AM   #18
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This is how Lower Manhattan Exp would have looked like
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Old September 12th, 2011, 03:09 AM   #19
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If we built all these freeways, Amelie Poulin would never exist as the Canal Saint Martin would be a freeway.
Between Amelie Poulin and freeways, I prefer the freeway.

No Paris plage.
I hate Paris plage, the bank of the Seine should be reserved to suburban commuter, not lounging on a an expensive beach where you can not swim.
Less urban conservatism. Honestly who care to protect a buch of ugly old buildings when there is a freeway next to it.
Paris would be a lot cheaper, a lot more housing and office space and more architectural possibility.
Less annoying tourists, they walk too slowly.

Unfortunately I am only half joking because when I see how conservative is the urban development in inner Paris, I wonder if freeways in the heart of the city would not be better than what we have today.
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This is how Lower and mid Manhattan Exp would have looked like on google earth
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