Tag Archives: Urban Renewal in Joburg

Pick of the Week: Exploring Jozi with Joburg Places

The only way to get a real sense of a city is not by driving through as an observer, but by immersing oneself in the sensory experiences of street life and activity. So while the Hop-on Hop-off Red Bus is a great way to orientate oneself to the geographical layout of the larger city, nothing [...]

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Will this revival of Newtown be the one that works?

In 2004 I wrote an article entitled ‘Re-envisioning Greater Johannesburg South African Development in the first decade after Democracy’  African Arts Winter 2004.   Back then I wrote about how, post 1994, the Gauteng Provincial Government had earmarked funds to the tune of R3.5 billion for the development of various programs to revitalize Greater Johannesburg.  Several [...]

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Will the new development in Newtown help to revitalize the area?

  In 2011 the old potato sheds behind the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg were demolished to make way for the first major retail and leisure investment in the city for a while.  Planned as a mixed-use node it is being developed by  Atterbury Property,  facilitated by the Johannesburg Property Company and the Johannesburg Development [...]

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International exposure for Jozi’s Neighbourgoods Market

          Urban Joburg responds to Monocle Magazine’s binary view of Joburg.  Love their description of what Jozi inner city has to offer:  ‘We’re a city where one can drink a strong espresso in ‘Little Addis’ before heading off to Fordsburg for a vegetarian biryani AND making a stop at Neighbourgoods for [...]

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Johannesburg – the spaces ‘in between’

      Just discovered a great website on Joburg (bit embarrassed I didn’t know of it before).    It’s  www. jhbwtc.blogspot.com and it’s the website of  the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism.   Based at Wits University, their work (as their name indicates) is academic and inter-disciplinary, focusing on critical social analysis.  I found [...]

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