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Title:Creating an African Riviera: revisiting the impact of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront development in Cape Town
Authors:Ferreira, SanetteISNI
Visser, GustavISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:urban renewal
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-007-9008-3
Abstract:The use of leisure and tourism to re-image and redevelop cities has been interpreted as a mechanism for attracting capital and people. Waterfront developments have become emblematic in this regard. Over the past two decades the redevelopment of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&AW) in Cape Town (South Africa) has been transformed from 'port' to 'playground' and is internationally acknowledged as one of the most successful of these developments. This redevelopment has, as has been the case with numerous other waterfront developments, not been uncontroversial. New tensions and conflicts have arisen over the use, meaning, and ownership of this space. This paper tracks the development of the V&AW since its inception in the late 1980s and provides insights into why this particular waterfront development should be embraced and why standard critiques concerning these developments are not valid in the case of the V&AW. Bibliogr., ref. [Journal abstract, edited]