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Title:An uneasy match: neoliberalism, gentrification and heritage conservation in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Editor:Donaldson, RonnieISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
urban renewal
social change
cultural heritage
Abstract:It is increasingly argued that gentrification is incorporated into public policy and the by-product of a range of contemporary neoliberal urban development policies intent on attracting investment capital. However, gentrification can also be the unintended outcome of well-meaning urban policy frameworks, such as urban densification, inner-city regeneration and urban heritage conservation, but with arguably negative consequences. Focusing on Cape Town, South Africa, the argument of this article is that one of the outcomes of a neo-liberalist approach to urban regeneration in the city centre is the impact it has on conserving the living and built environment heritage of the historic Bo-Kaap district. The last remaining inner-city neighbourhood that has not yet gentrified appears to be succumbing to this process. The outcome is a neighbourhood which is in economic and social flux and challenging the coherence of this once 'indigenous' community. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]