This pedestrian walkway runs parallel to a major avenue on the west side of Helsinki ending at the West Harbour. Mechelininkatu is named after Leo Mechelin. He was politician and senator who helped champion Finland’s independence from Russia. He also was the co-founder of the Finnish Rubber Works. When Mechelin was chairman from 1898 until 1914, he moved the company’s focus toward hydro power generation. From those humble beginnings grew the Nokia Corporation. The telecommunications giant is now Finland’s largest company.