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Title:Divergent development in South African cities: strategic challenges facing Cape Town
Authors:Turok, IvanISNI
Watson, VanessaISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:social integration
physical planning
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-001-0013-7
Abstract:South Africa's new Unicity authorities face a formidable list of competing priorities for attention. This crowded agenda and the pressure for short-term delivery threaten to overshadow the need to reshape and integrate cities. This paper examines contemporary patterns of development in Greater Cape Town and considers the role of spatial planning and socioeconomic development policies. It argues that the spatial form of urban development in Cape Town imposes a wide range of individual and social costs on the metropolitan area and that the lower income population bears the brunt of this burden. Consequently, attempts to address the issues of poverty, economic growth and environmental quality cannot ignore the basic and underlying role of space. Urban integration should become a more prominent goal of city, provincial and national government, pursued through targeted economic and social development programmes within a strategic spatial framework. The costs of continuing urban fragmentation, sprawl and segregation for individuals, society, the economy and the environment cannot be neglected, especially as they seem to be escalating. Bibliogr., notes.