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Urbani izziv Volume 25, No. supplement, July 2014 : S108–S121

DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2014-25-supplement-008

 

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Author

Paul Tsietsi Monare

University of Johannesburg, Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, South Africa
nicok@uj.ac.za

Nico Kotzé

University of Johannesburg, Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, South Africa
nicok@uj.ac.za

Tracey Morton McKay

University of South Africa, Department of Environmental Sciences, South Africa
mckaytjm@unisa.ac.za

 

Title

A second wave of gentrification: The case of Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Abstract

As in many other countries, gentrification and urban regeneration occurs across South Africa. Despite this, geographical research on gentrification in South Africa is limited. This study adds to the literature by presenting the case of Parkhurst, a Johannesburg surburb. The study found that Parkhurst displays numerous characteristics of gentrification. The housing stock has undergone extensive physical improvement, with almost one third renovated or under renovation. Property values have increased and the original residents have been displaced. Parkhurst has a demographic and a socio-economic profile typical of a gentrified suburb. It is populated by young, white, educated, weathy professionals people. In addition, gentrification has resulted in the conversion of residential into commercial space, with some residences converted into business premises. The result is a distinct linear commerical zone within the neigbourhood. Gentrification is also associated with a change in housing tenure from rentals to ownership, it was found that ownership was a common feature of Parkhurst. Overall, it was concluded that gentrification of the suburb has occurred over an extensive period of time and is now in a super-gentrification stage.

 

Key Words

gentrification, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa, urban renewal

 

 

 

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Print edition: 0353-6483
Web edition: 1855-8399

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