We recently carried a series of photos taken at the upper end of the Baakens River Valley. This picture was taken near where the Valley enters the harbour.
I am not sure that many people in the city know why this part of the Settlers Freeway has been left hanging over the Baakens Street, just before the old PE Tramways Building. It was to be the on ramp for a freeway that was to be built through the Baakens Valley but it is now a “monument” to bad town planning.
Way back in the 1970’s some of our city planners deemed it a good idea to build a freeway that would be known as the Baakens Parkway. Why not? They had just built a freeway right along the coast line – why not also destroy this piece of parkland in the name of progress too. I do not think they expected the backlash the plan received. It sparked a great deal of protest from all around the City including the Chambers of Industries and Commerce. Suffice to say, common sense prevailed and the idea was scrapped way back in 1978.
Just goes to show that strong and well reasoned protest action can win the day.