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PRO­POSAL A

Re­moves the high­ways to make way for 4 000 af­ford­able res­i­den­tial homes, eight green spa­ces, nine ur­ban squares, three com­mu­nity halls and cen­tres, 17 new leisure and sports fields, new MyCiTi sta­tions, a school, a med­i­cal cen­tre, a clinic, a coun­selling cen­tre and a “world­class pub­lic ur­ban park”.

De­sign­ers add that the free­ways’ de­mo­li­tion will re­duce peak-time traf­fic con­ges­tion by 60% – a big plus after a re­cent sur­vey found Cape Town was the most con­gested city in the coun­try – worse even than Jo­han­nes­burg.

PRO­POSAL B

Con­tin­ues the free­ways into a con­tin­u­ous, sculp­tural loop, which the de­sign­ers call an “iconic gate­way”. It in­cludes tun­nels for the fore­shore free­ways, an iconic tower, 158 000m² of pub­lic open space and 400 000m² of res­i­den­tial space con­sist­ing of 4 400 homes, 1 000 of which are for the af­ford­able rental mar­ket.

Also in­cluded in this pro­posal are 95 000m² of com­mer­cial space; 20 000m² of re­tail, ed­u­ca­tional and social fa­cil­i­ties; a pub­lic art pro­gramme; and 12 000 park­ing bays.

PRO­POSAL C

Puts traf­fic at the cen­tre of its vi­sion, where it will fi­nally com­plete the un­fin­ished free­ways, in­clud­ing a park­ing hub, ded­i­cated lanes for MyCiTi buses, shared city bikes, elec­tric cars, more wa­ter taxis and what the de­sign­ers call an “iconic pub­lic space”.

Also in­cluded are 4 500 new apart­ments, a third of which are af­ford­able. All in all, it in­tends to re­duce traf­fic by 80% and the city’s fuel con­sump­tion by 25%.

PRO­POSAL D

Cre­ates some­thing sim­i­lar to New York’s iconic High Line park, which is el­e­vated above the street, by con­struct­ing five new city blocks that in­clude in­ter­na­tional ho­tels, high-in­come flats, schools, mixed­in­come hous­ing and an en­ergy cen­tre in the Fore­shore Park, which raises the pub­lic space to cre­ate un­ob­structed views of the har­bour.

The project also pro­poses a Har­bour Walk along­side Nel­son Man­dela Free­way, which will ex­tend cy­cle lanes and pedes­trian use, and in­tro­duce trees to the free­way.

PRO­POSAL E

Called City Lift, this pro­posal drops the free­way to the ground, but el­e­vates the city 10m above its cur­rent level, cre­at­ing an im­mense park that ex­tends to the har­bour. The de­sign­ers’ aim is “to re­con­nect the city to the sea”.

The pro­posal also cre­ates 1 mil­lion square me­tres of res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, nearly half of which will be af­ford­able and in­cludes social hous­ing for pro­fes­sion­als such as nurses and teach­ers.

PRO­POSAL F

This pro­posal com­pletes the free­ways and de­vel­ops them, re­port­edly cut­ting cur­rent traf­fic vol­umes by two thirds.

Most im­por­tantly, it in­tro­duces a num­ber of 49-storey, 143mhigh apart­ment tow­ers along the free­way, which will cre­ate 3 200 mid­mar­ket homes and 3 500 de­vel­oper-sub­sidised units.

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