‘Urban sprawl reproduces spatial legacy of apartheid’ – or the other way round?

Or maybe apartheid reproduced the spatial legacy of urban sprawl? So the new urban sprawl looks just like the old from the 1930s and 40s.

Also check out Detroit, going from 84% white in 1950 to 83% black today as a result of white flight, the biggest city in the world to go completely bankrupt, also losing about two thirds of its population (the whites) along the way.

South Africa is doomed to repeat every mistake made by every other country, ranging from the Soviet Union’s equality cult to American political correctness to Zimbabwean “transformation” and will end up on the same scrapheap as Harare (or Detroit).

One Paul Kersey wrote a book about Detroit’s descent into apocalyptic decline, Escape from Detroit. Interesting title and probably compulsory reading for us. Fortunately or unfortunately most of the good architecture in Johannesburg has already been destroyed, so if Sandton goes the way of Detroit it will be no loss to us. Probably most of us will end up in a kind of Dubai on the windswept Cape West Coast while the interior turns into a Mad Max-style wasteland with Nigerian druglords fighting EFF militia in a Liberian-style civil war.

Have you had a whiff of the high-rise districts of Hillbrow and Berea recently? It could inspire one of those decadent gay French parfumeurs who think up names like “Fetid secretions” for their products, something between sewage and stale alcohol, tinged with rotting refuse.

“World-class African city”, indeed. As long as this character starts dumping drug dealers and prostitutes in Houghton first, I’d second his proposal. They could do with some “urban chic” there. – DR

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng premier David Makhura says the Spatial Summit underway in Sandton will address questions of how to better utilise land space and will ensure residents are no longer marginalised from the economic hubs.

Makhura delivered the opening address at the summit, which will focus on the spatial legacy of apartheid and economic opportunities.

Makhura says major changes are needed.

“There exists, in our province, spatial marginalisation of the poor; who continue to live on the periphery and in the townships [which were] designed by apartheid. The persistent urban sprawl also reproduces the spatial legacy of apartheid.”


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