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Title:The evolving South African neighbourhood: the case of Westdene, Bloemfontein
Authors:Hoogendoorn, Gijsbert
Visser, GustavISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:18
Issue:4
Pages:329-349
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:neighbourhoods
urban development
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-007-9017-2
Abstract:Westdene is a historical neighbourhood in the secondary city of Bloemfontein (South Africa). As a former white neighbourhood it has been shaped by a range of different, yet well-known, urban processes. Its current form is the outcome of the decentralization of services-based business activities, which has led to the development of an entertainment base that has collectively drawn in crime. Despite the fact that commercial land uses have developed significantly in Westdene, the neighbourhood still retains a residential function for a relatively diverse socioeconomic residential base. Although at some levels Westdene is merely a former white neighbourhood, it is certainly not as homogenous as urban commentators on South African cities often imply. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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