Ever wondered what Metro Manila would look like if the powers-that-be hadn’t buried it under millions of tons of concrete? How green and human-friendly major thoroughfares could be if we didn’t insist on worshipping the automobile above all else? Well, wonder no more as there’s a website that can give you the answer.
The Dutch capital is famous for its people-centered and cycling-friendly layout. And being on record as saying that Metro Manila could easily be the Amsterdam of Asia, I couldn’t resist having a go at imagining what the megalopolis could look like.
The site is super easy to use, and either lets you choose a location to “Dutchify” by searching for it or using GPS coordinates. Or you can also upload an image to be used. It then gives you four different versions to choose from.
Playing with this tool and seeing how different the Philippine capital could look once again makes me wonder why it doesn’t. As I’ve written many times before, even a place like Amsterdam was once as car-mad as Metro Manila, but then the people started to realize that this couldn’t be the way forward and demanded change.
Some cities in Metro Manila are trying to do the right thing, like Quezon City with its bike lanes and 15-minute-city plans, but much more work remains. Maybe you can send the link to this site to your local politicians to get them excited about the idea of a prettier city, too? It’s worth a shot.