8 Proofs of Metro Manila’s

Urban Design Fail

By Luanne Arevalo

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There are some things in life that are simply hard to fathom. Right up there in the list of life’s biggest mysteries is Metro Manila’s urban design, which we can’t help but notice since we encounter it on a daily basis. In fact, we’ve somehow grown to embrace them as part of the city’s quirky charm! Metro Manila urban design, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…

1. That  walkway in the MRT-Megamall Area

This would only be ideal if it was your crush you’d be sharing that super narrow space with.


2. This towering footbridge in EDSA

Does crossing this footbridge qualify as a heavy cardio workout? It really should.


3. These vertical gardens that are clinging on to dear life

God knows we need more greens, but these plant boxes are empty half the time, and filled with wilted plants the other half.


4. The proliferation of outdoor advertisements

While billboards do provide us some form of entertainment every now and then, it’s starting to get a little claustrophobic.


5. This unreliable stoplight countdown


Should we stop? Should we go? Quit playing games with our hearts!


6. That hazardous, old-school way of cleaning the roads

In this modern day and age, our street cleaners are still wielding karitons, dodging cars at rush hour, and inhaling more than their fair share of polluted air.


7. The lack of open space

Us: It’s not me, it’s you. Ayaw mo kong bigyan ng space!
Metro Manila: Eh kasi wala na talaga!


8. The daily hellish traffic

Whenever we find ourselves thinking traffic can’t get any worse than it already is, somehow it manages to prove us wrong. Aray ko beh.


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  1. torre de manila – sign of urban planning and corruption! tapos bastusan pa sa cultural heritage statue/landmark natin!

  2. Only 8? Maybe 8x8x8. Here’s my 8.

    1. EDSA road condition – even after several reblocking activities, it is still in an awful state.
    2. C5-Kalayaan u-turn flyover – I still don’t know how they justified this instead of just a straigth flyover across C5 over Kalayaan Ave.
    3. Very narrow road lanes in Quezon Ave. – who ever painted these lanes must have used the 60’s mini car or Toyopet (I am revealing my age here) as reference.
    4. No entry/exit way from C5 to SLEX skyway.
    5. MRT in EDSA – that is really just bad design both in function and in aesthetic.
    6. Those foot bridges put up by Bayani Fernando – do I even need to describe how badly designed and constructed these are?
    7. EDSA flyover going to Tramo – why do we need this? Oh, because the MRT was constructed at ground level therefore blocking the intersection. Duh!
    8. LRT1 extension from Caloocan to West Ave. – wouldn’t it be better to extend the MRT line from Trinoma to Caloocan?

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