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Urban Geography in South Africa Urban Renewal in South African Cities

Urban Geography in South Africa : Urban Renewal in South African Cities [Urban renewal is taking place globally and forms a high profile and significant part of urban policy, planning, and practice. Since the start of South Africa’s democracy in 1994 cities have actively been pursuing urban renewal projects as a response to decades of neglect and decay, unjust and inadequate planning practices, and poor decision-making and leadership. These interventions have taken on both pro-poor and pro-growth approaches with varying degrees of success. This chapter provides a brief history of urban renewal internationally and gives a snap shot of the literature and research that has broadly been done on the topic. It then discusses the urban renewal methods used in South African cities and the impact they have had on these urban spaces. Area-based renewal, township renewal, and informal settlement upgrading are explored as part of a pro-poor approach to renewal while gentrification, inner city renewal, and leisure and tourism-based renewal are discussed as pro-growth responses. The chapter ends with an exploration of social enterprise as a way to combine both pro-poor and pro-growth approaches to urban renewal in South Africa (meeting both social and economic agendas). It uses the case study of The Langa Quarter in Cape Town where social enterprise initiatives have been adopted to renew the area.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Urban Geography in South Africa Urban Renewal in South African Cities

Part of the GeoJournal Library Book Series
Editors: Massey, Ruth; Gunter, Ashley

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-25368-4
Pages
265 –282
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25369-1_17
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Urban renewal is taking place globally and forms a high profile and significant part of urban policy, planning, and practice. Since the start of South Africa’s democracy in 1994 cities have actively been pursuing urban renewal projects as a response to decades of neglect and decay, unjust and inadequate planning practices, and poor decision-making and leadership. These interventions have taken on both pro-poor and pro-growth approaches with varying degrees of success. This chapter provides a brief history of urban renewal internationally and gives a snap shot of the literature and research that has broadly been done on the topic. It then discusses the urban renewal methods used in South African cities and the impact they have had on these urban spaces. Area-based renewal, township renewal, and informal settlement upgrading are explored as part of a pro-poor approach to renewal while gentrification, inner city renewal, and leisure and tourism-based renewal are discussed as pro-growth responses. The chapter ends with an exploration of social enterprise as a way to combine both pro-poor and pro-growth approaches to urban renewal in South Africa (meeting both social and economic agendas). It uses the case study of The Langa Quarter in Cape Town where social enterprise initiatives have been adopted to renew the area.]

Published: Aug 18, 2019

Keywords: Urban renewal; South Africa; Area-based; Townships; Inner cities; Informal settlements; Gentrification; Leisure; Tourism

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