Expounding on the macro analysis of the Pasig River banks. Burnham's original plan was for riverside promenades and streets to activate its edges. These were sacrificed to make way for the industrial uses that relied on the river for access and discharge.
One can see how these large-grained, leftover industrial parcels are now hemmed in by the dense, fine-grained and informal fabric that has evolved over time.
One reason why the PAREX is a tempting solution, is described by 'Implant-bypass urbanism' (Corpuz, 2000; Shatkin, 2008). By providing an expressway on the river, it allows these hemmed-in parcels to bypass their surrounding fabric, and allows high-end development to implant.
Instead of 'bypass-implant' urbanism which relies on exclusion and prioritization of space for the perceived 'higher-end' market, we can alternatively propose an urbanism that implants new connections that expand the narrow public realm of the river banks.
By strategically expanding the river banks (through cantilevered projections) and using these as new cycleways, walkways and parkways, we implant new, fine-grained connectivity that helps suits the scale of the urban context, and connects these parcels to their surroundings.
This also potentially primes up these post-industrial parcels to implant new public housing development, to hopefully rehouse the in-city informal settlers and free up space for better, liveable developments.
I'm not saying corporate interests are evil/wrong. They can be expounded and revisited. There are more inclusive ways of creating captive value capture that actually helps the communities on the ground.

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1 May
Will be talking about how the Pasig River and the communities on its banks can be revitalized, without building an expressway.
This sketch shows the Pasig River and its main tributaries (in blue) with approximate locations of major bridge crossings (in black) connecting opposite sides of the river. For such a long stretch of river, there is relatively fewer bridges spanning across it.
This lack of connectivity is shown in this spatial network graph, which shows how Metro Manila is separated into two halves by the Pasig River, and the clear lack of connectivity / bridge crossings between opposite sides.
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The real EDSA revolution started back in the 50s. This is a global spatial integration graph of Metro Manila in 1967. It shows how the corridor defined by EDSA has already overtaken the old core of Manila as the integration core of the fast growing metropolis.
What was just a circumferential road meant to bypass through congestion within the core, evolves to become the spine of the metropolitan region instead. From center to edge. I wrote about this for my MA dissertation, but I felt my discourse was just applying a narrative lens.
Space syntax helps quantify these patterns, even before they become obvious.

This graph shows that in 1967, land along the corridor of EDSA was already set to boom. Land owned, and to be developed by the private heirs/beneficiaries of the encomienda system.
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