Yep, you read that right, Brisbane might be getting its very own greenway in the CBD. What the whaat?
Taking some serious inspiration cred from New York City’s incredible High Line, this progressive Brisbane proposal would launch our happy little city into big player territory. And we’re okay with that.
The idea—put forward by UQ post-graduate, Brendan Roffey (props to you, mate!)—proposes to eliminate road traffic from the CBD by turning the Riverside Expressway into a beautiful ‘greenway’, for exclusive use by pedestrians, bikes and select public transport modes. This incredible repurposing of the REX would stretch from the CBD all the way to Woolloongabba, connecting the city's hub with inner suburbs, and creating one of the largest green zones in the world. Pretty neat, right?
This impressive (if, a little lofty) would-be redevelopment of one of Brisbane’s busiest roads could spell huge changes for the way in which we use our capital cities in Australia, and would be a decided change in the way we Brisbanites get around town.
At this stage, the greenway is just a clever concept, however, between the Howard Smith Wharves and the green light for the Queens Wharf precinct last year, this is not as farfetched an idea as it seems (Madrid and Boston have both already converted existing highways and are surviving just fine).
Either way, we’re looking at the Brisbane of the future. And, my, is she a stunner. To take a look at this grand plan and its scope, take a look at their website.
Know what Brisbane is definitely getting, though? A freaking Zipline!
Image credit: Brisbane Development