Cape Town City Councillor Mikhail Manuel recently took to Twitter with the suggestion of temporarily closing Adderley Street for three months – people only, no cars he said, citing a revived hub of creative economic opportunity.
“We all know how frustrating it is to drive a car through Adderley Street, Cape Town! People everywhere! So let’s test a temporary closure for three months. People only. No cars. Buskers and flower sellers. A revived hub of creative economic opportunity,” the tweet read.
We all know how frustrating it is to drive a car through Adderley Street, Cape Town!
People everywhere! So let’s test a temporary closure for three months. 🇿🇦 People only. No cars.
Buskers and flower sellers. A revived hub of creative economic opportunity. pic.twitter.com/m1ONAgVJbv
— Mikhail Manuel (@MikhailManuelCT) January 30, 2022
Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Dr Zahid Badroodien, responded by saying “Let’s do it permanently and get trees planted! and create public spaces to meet and socialise and for kids to play.”
@Feikemanagement added to the discussion by saying “Fully support this. And eventually we could bring back the trams that could run a loop linking the station/the Castle, upper loop, waterfront, citcc, de waterkant. Parking on the outskirts. Electric taxi and scooter services could also be located at main hubs.”
Manuel’s response to this comment was that he wouldn’t bring back the trams as they used to be, but would rather use a shuttle bus “that wouldn’t require significant rail investment.”
Here are a few more responses:
Convert the entire space into a district park. Look what the City of Boston did in 15 years.👇 pic.twitter.com/lsfHmzBtyH
— Trevor Geoghegan (@TrevorGeo) January 30, 2022
All practical implications considered this is a lovely idea
— SolisCorner (@SoliPhilander) January 30, 2022
I Support 👌
— Pumla🇿🇦 (@pumlapot) January 30, 2022