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Title:A struggle of an inner city community to protect its historical environment: the case of Clydesdale in Pretoria
Authors:Donaldson, RonnieISNI
Williams, Audrey
Year:2005
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Issue:49
Pages:165-180
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community participation
associations
conservation of cultural heritage
urban planning
Abstract:This paper illustrates the important role a community association plays in the conservation of the built environment. It focuses on the various phases of struggle of the community of Clydesdale, a historical suburb of Pretoria, South Africa, to protect their suburb from haphazard urban development. The threats against the 'village' have almost always been associated with the threat of severely altering or demolishing parts of the neighbourhood. For instance, the city freeway system proposed in 1967 that would have gone through the middle of Clydesdale cast a shadow over the suburb for 25 years. It would have resulted in the demolition of a number of houses and increaseed the flow of traffic thorugh the area. Through concerted and well-reasoned effort, the Clydesdale Village Association (CVA) helped to reverse the plan. From its earliest days, the Association has informed itself of municipal and planning matters, and taken seriously its respnsibility to represent the people of the area, and to make a meaningful, well-reasoned and positive contribution to the future of the inner part of the city. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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