Why 'Bridges not Barriers'?
We’ve chosen the name “Bridges not Barriers” to define our campaign against the proposed development, as we are not only resisting this particular development, but the alarming trend of barrier-making developments across our beloved Cape Town. These developments follow the logic of Apartheid planning, creating deliberate “buffer zones” that divide us. These barriers are physical, social, cultural and economic, and they all have the same underlying intention - the enclosure and erosion of our shared and common wealth - land, culture, heritage, social networks - for the benefit of the already wealthy few. Inequality is one of the most serious and pressing issues we need to deal with globally, and these kinds of developments just make things worse. We resist not only extractive and self-serving developers, but also short-sighted government officials and built environment professionals, who willingly enable this erosion of our common wealth.
The city we want to live in
Resistance without offering an alternative is limited and frustrating. There are many, many ways of planning, making and maintaining cities that are truly participatory, ecologically sound and socially just. We are particularly inspired by the Urban Commoning movement. The paragraphs below from author David Bollier shares the experience of Bologna in Italy, a tangible example of a contemporary, citizen-centred city. We call on the City of Cape Town to enter into genuine co-creative dialogue with us, not the lip-service games that pass as “public participation”.