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Title:Small town redevelopment: the benefits and costs of local economic development in Alicedale
Authors:Gibb, M.
Nel, E.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:18
Issue:2
Pages:69-84
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:urban development
small towns
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-007-9000-y
Abstract:Small towns, internationally and in South Africa specifically, are generally experiencing a phase of slow economic decline. The process is not inevitable and as this paper illustrates, with reference to the former South African railway town of Alicedale, towns can be given a new lease of life. The key in this town's revival has been the formation of a strong public-private partnership, which has partially drawn in the community sector and focuses on tourism-based development. The paper details the development process, key challenges experienced, and the results attained. It discusses the degree to which the community has actually benefited and speculates about the value of the Alicedale experience as an example for other small towns. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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