South Africa's Hopes of Planning Better Cities and Communities by @futurecapetown

I think since 1994 planning has been overshadowed by a ‘you [the government] need to provide housing’ attitude, and that alone has created a big problem. When you look at pre-1994 townships such as Delft and Samora, they have the main focus of providing residential provision and educational facilities. These are key elements that citizens need to function. However, when you look at it more closely, it’s a grey space that lacks character. You witness this lack of vision on any RDP housing project in the country. There’s nothing new, no character or anything that differentiates it. The focus is providing residential units. I understand that the state made a promise and has to deliver on it. It has to show that people are welcome in the cities, especially since urban population growth demonstrates that citizens increasingly want to live in the cities. But after twenty years o...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1060511

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