Land Use and Physical Structure Changes: An Expo of Maboneng Precinct

Letlape, Bonolo Helen and Gumbo, Trynos (2019) Land Use and Physical Structure Changes: An Expo of Maboneng Precinct. IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 475-481. ISSN 2521-3938

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Most cities have over the years experienced high developmental changes dating back from the 1940’s to present which are seen in various themes of influx, generation, exodus and decline. The question of what kind of city we desire cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of people we want to be, the types of social relations and land uses we seek, the style of daily life we want, the types of relations to nature we cherish, kinds of technologies we deem appropriate and the aesthetic value we hold. Development during the apartheid period was based on racial classification as the elites of the country spatially separated themselves from the poor, whether through work spaces or residential areas. The problem is that the inner city regeneration of Maboneng has displaced and segregated certain groups of people while accommodation other groups founded on social economic classes. Against this backdrop, this paper focuses on the Maboneng Precinct area which is located in Jeppestown east of the Johannesburg CBD. The paper aims to discuss the changes in land uses that have occurred in Maboneng following urban regeneration. The case study design is adopted and a qualitative research approach is used to collect data. Data is collected through structure interviews with persons that have seen and experienced changes land uses of Maboneng following regeneration; observations and photographic surveys of Maboneng‘s different land uses. Research findings reveal that there have been significant land use changes that have occured in the Maboneng precinct since its urban regeneration. The results reveal that land uses in Maboneng since urban regeneration have changed drastically and for the better from light manufacturing, heavy manufacturing, business and warehousing to residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and public services land uses. Although land use changes in Maboneng have resulted in many benefits, these benefits have come with challenges such as marginalisation of the poor minority and the exclusion of a certian group in society through the eviction of illegal tenants. The study concludes by recommending that more efforts need to be exerted in encouraging land use changes that are inclusive of all in society and that more land uses such as open spaces need to be encouraged in Maboneng going forward

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maboneng, Land uses, Development, Urban Regeneration, Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 20:16
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 20:16

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