Gentrification; Good or Bad?

I’m writing an article with Amira Osman from the University of Johannesburg on gentrification in the inner city of Johannesburg. While doing research on this I noticed again that there is not really a clear definition of gentrification. Some say it is good, some say it is bad. Some say it only has to do with the influx of the rich middle class, some say it is a result of urban renewal. Sometimes it is the same as urban renewal. I’m trying to make sense of this. So here it goes, it’s a bit of a technical post I’m afraid. Continue reading

Vision, Apartheid and Gentrification

This week I have attended the conference “Spatial Tranformation of Cities Conference” in Johannesburg. It was about the city and its challenges such as public transport, housing, diversity, inclusive neighbourhoods etc. Besides local professionals, several professors were flown in from Brazil, Thailand, India, Belgium and the UK. In general it was a mixed audience (academic/practitioners/government/private) that attended the conference.

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