Walking the City: No more motorways for Belfast

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    Streets are key elements of urban space; they are in essence public spaces and connect diverse areas of the city weaving the urban fabric. Once motorways replace existing streets, they tear the fabric and transform the qualities of the urban landscape. As in many cities throughout the world, in Belfast during the 1960s the growth of private car ownership took over the development of the city. The Roads Authority developed plans (1964/1969) to build a ring road surrounding most of the city. This deeply affected the use and shape of the city until today. This plan focused on encouraging the move of population to the outskirts of the city. However, the connections between the city centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods were broken. Only the southern stretch of the motorway was not built. This allowed the connection between South Belfast and the city centre to remain seamless. The current possibility of building the southern stretch of motorway threatens this continuity. This paper will highlight the very high value of streets by analysing their physical qualities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusAccepted - 16 Oct 2015
    EventSpaces and Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies - Chicago, Chicago, United States
    Duration: 15 Oct 201517 Oct 2015


    ConferenceSpaces and Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • streets
    • motorways
    • urbanism
    • public space
    • Belfast


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