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Title:The 'silent' closure of urban public space in Cape Town: 1975-2004
Author:Spocter, ManfredISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:suburban areas
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-007-9009-2
Abstract:The author traces the closure of urban public space by residents in Cape Town, South Africa. For this purpose, the study area is delineated on two levels, each of which gives insight into the patterns and processes of the privatization of urban public space between 1975 and 2004. The first level of analysis takes place on a macro municipality-wide level and investigates the pattern of urban public space closures in the 80 suburbs that form the City of Cape Town Region of Cape Town. The second level of analysis is a micro, suburb-specific investigation of two suburbs, namely Camps Bay and Mitchell's Plain within the City of Cape Town Region. These two suburbs were selected in order to identify commonalities and differences in citizen-driven urban public space closures in socioeconomically, culturally and historically different suburbs. In addition, this level of analysis also investigates the processes involved and the techniques utilized in the securing of successful citizen-driven applications for urban public space closure. It appears that the two foremost reasons for closures are construction and security. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]