Creative Financing: Putting Shops and Cafes Back on a London Bridge
London Bridge used to be a hopping place, lined with so many houses and shops that it took an hour to get across. So 178 years ago it was knocked down and replaced with a more sedate bridge, which was sold to an Arizona property developer who thought he was buying the iconic Tower Bridge. Now Mayor Boris Johnson wants to build a new bridge, and to pay for it by filling it with houses and shops.
The Antoine Grumbach design has a pair of 35 storey towers holding up the bridge, which is lined with cafes, bars and shops, along with trees, a greenhouse and a "topiary café". Sounds like fun, and it is such a change to see bridges built for people rather than cars. More in This is LondonMore on Bridges:Crystal Bridges by Moshe SafdieShigeru Ban Builds Bridge Out of PaperChina Opens 22-Mile Long Bridge--The World's LongestWhy Not Add Wind Turbines to the Queensboro Bridge in NY?At Least Some American Infrastructure Investment Doesn't Involve Cars