my version of the cliche braamies shot // #braamies #braamfontein #umbrella (at Lamunu Restaurant & Bar)
Gentrification, urban renewal. Call it what you want. It has it’s pro’s and cons. But, as with everything in this life, there is a cost-benefit matrix that society has to consider. The gentrification of Braamfontein has forced many of its previous inhabitants (residents, businesses, hawkers, criminals (thank goodness they’re gone) etc, to look for a new place to call home and to establish their roots. On the flip-side, new kinds of business, new people with fresh ideas rooted in a modern and eclectic society have converged on this place that’s full of potential and have laid the groundwork for the emergence of a new downtown Johannesburg. This didn’t happen by chance obviously. Changes in government legislation (tax laws, education reforms, city by-laws) created the incentives and disincentive that have led to the emergence of New Braam.The long-term success in this experiment of social and cultural engineering will provide much data for research to support further urban renewal project across South Africa’s ageing major inner cities.