Baankwartier is the district bounded by Schiedamse Vest to the west, Vasteland to the south, Leuvehaven to the east and Westblaak to the north. Most of this district was destroyed by the bombardment of May 1940. To the west of Baankwartier lies the Cool district, a small part of which was destroyed by the bombardment. Traffic widening measures on Westblaak in the 1960s led to further demolition. Both districts are closely interconnected, so it makes sense to discuss their post-war reconstruction together.