I hope noone minds a new topic but as I looked out across the Bay I wondered whatever happened to the balloon we were going to have. Then I wondered about all the other wonderful things that never quite materialised.
It's just the nature of development. Some thing happen - others don't. Over the years Cardiff's had more "lucky escapes" than disappointments. The city would be pretty much unliveable had either the Buchanan Plan or Centreplan 70 come to fruition.
The Buchanan Plan involved the "hook road" from the city centre to Eastern Avenue and the "Llantrisant radial" from Western Avenue to a proposed new town at Llantrisant. They would have involved demolition of large parts of Cathays, Lakeside, Cyncoed & Llandaff.
Centreplan 70 was a plan for the city centre. Some of the suggestions were sensible and have actually come to pass. These include Boulevarde des Nantes, Saint's David's etc but the plan also involved widespread demolition of Victorian buildings and their replacement with mid twentieth century tat.
You can watch a cut-down version of the Centreplan promotional film here.