This is – or rather: was – Thomas B. Thriges Gade, a main throughfare in central Odense which was planned and built in the 1950s and 1960s to connect the southern, residential parts of the city with the industrial districts around the harbour. A large part of the old city was torn down to make way for the street. In many ways, it was a typically modernist project.
As times have changed, so have the commercial structures and traffic patterns. TBT was still a heavily used street but some ten years ago local politicians began discussing the possibilities of closing the street in order to build a new residential and commercial neighbourhood.
Today, we reached an important mark as the street was closed for road traffic and the coming decade will see the rebuilding of the city centre. So, Saturday marked the halfway between idea and execution. (And “halfway” was this week’s theme)