The role of ethnic enclaves in urban regeneration: Fordsburg as a case study

Show simple item record Mahomed, Ebrahim 2007-02-19T12:47:28Z 2007-02-19T12:47:28Z 2007-02-19T12:47:28Z
dc.description Student Number : 9603019J - MSc dissertation - School of Architecture and Planning - Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this research report is to determine the viability of the hypothesis that ethnic enclaves have the potential to contribute positively to urban regeneration. This research is motivated by the importance that is placed on regenerating cities at present and by the fact that many cities around the world, including Johannesburg, are intensely diverse and are composed of a significant number of ethnic minority groups. The Johannesburg Inner City area of Fordsburg has been chosen as a case study. The area has for many years been closely associated with the Indian community of Johannesburg and appears to be showing signs of renewed interest and rejuvenation. Secondary research has been employed as a means to structure the theoretical base of the report and to explain current debates regarding urban regeneration and ethnic enclaves. Quantitative and qualitative criteria have been applied in analysing the findings regarding the scenario in Fordsburg. According to the theory, even in the modern contemporary metropolis, members of society still ascribe to ethnic identities and organise themselves spatially into ethnic enclaves within cities. It is also revealed that urban regeneration can be achieved through several means and that initiatives that target and include ethnic minorities have the potential to produce coherent and desirable results. This includes meaningful input from public sector, private sector and members of community. In analysing Fordsburg, it is shown that the area could definitely be considered as an ethnic enclave and is undergoing a certain amount of regeneration. This regeneration has been mainly driven by the private sector and members of community who identify with the Indian/South Asian enclave. While public sector input has been less significant in Fordsburg’s regeneration, it is nevertheless asserted that ethnic enclaves do have the potential to positively promote urban regeneration. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject urban regeneration en
dc.subject urban renewal en
dc.subject ethnic enclaves en
dc.subject ethnicity en
dc.subject Indians en
dc.subject Fordsburg en
dc.subject Johannesburg en
dc.subject Urban Planning en
dc.title The role of ethnic enclaves in urban regeneration: Fordsburg as a case study en
dc.type Thesis en

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