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Old September 30th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #1881
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Walking towards the Parktonian



Wow! I love this picture! This could be any first rate city in the world!
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Old September 30th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #1882
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Dynamoe, this is the paradox of Joburg. One street would be pristine, a nearby one would be disgusting. Its part of what makes it so difficult to capture the city. Every person that photograps joburg betrays part of themselves. It shows how you see a city. Hope or dispair. Do you accept the realities of the present, or do you blindly hang on to the pipedreams of the past? The city is what it is. A dump. A dream. A promise. A curse. Living in joburg is like being in a relationship. My aim is not to paint a picture of an urban utopia. But I love this place. Its real. And thanks to civic initiative, great progress has been made. Will it ever be perfect? Sadly, our current city council is not close to being effective. But where the city fails, ordinary citizens fill the gap.

So am I objective? Maybe not. Cant say that the haters are any more objective. Somewhere between love and hate lies an accurate portayal of Jozi.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 09:22 PM   #1883
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I fully understand Jakes. I feel that although this picture is just a small portion of utopia. What I see is potential and optimism.

The more I read about JHB resilience, optimism, and focus on growth, the more I fall in love with the city. Quite a feat for a Cape Townian.

Although civic leaders are not always on board or effective in driving positive change. As you said, the people will fill in the gap and do the job.

With all the positive changes I am seeing in this forum, Im sure in 5 to 10 years, Johannesburg would be unrecognisable and truly as the name says, A world class city.

While I'm here, I've always wanted to say, awesome Avatar!
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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:48 AM   #1884
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Jakes you the best...
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Old October 1st, 2012, 02:23 PM   #1885
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Thanks Pule. My patience with this forum is running out.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:02 AM   #1886
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What exactly caused Johannesburg to become so rough anyway back in the 1990's? What policies were enacted or events occurred that caused things to get bad in the first place?
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:23 AM   #1887
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Thanks Pule. My patience with this forum is running out.
Jakes don't leave!! Most of us appreciate your photos, you would be a great loss if you left.. just ignore those goons.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 06:14 AM   #1888
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Jakes bru, don't you dare leave this forum! As I said elsewhere, you are our main man here.

Forget the 'utopia' barbs, you (and I and others) have explained extensively and adequately our views and hopes and perceptions of Joburg.
There is no need to keep repeating...a certain group does not want to hear it, so they just block it out and come back with the same drivel each time a half decent photo of a Joburg building is posted.

I posted those photos of Sandton Central Park the other day - the best comment posted was that it was 'boring!'

Which may be true - but the fact that there are new parks being created, outdoor gyms installed, flower beds etc - was completely ignored...because apparently nothing like this ever happens around these parts!
Yet post a photo with a cracked pavement in it, and just check the response!

Anyway, we know the drill - just please keep up with the photos.

I really want to know what the exterior of the new library looks like, and the area around it, the road and stuff...if you or anybody gets to those parts...
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1889
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 09:25 AM   #1890
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One of the best yet!
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 12:02 PM   #1891
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nice pic.is this standing by that water tank on the hill? theres actually not many photos that successfully capture the entire cbd skyline out there
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 04:53 PM   #1892
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Never let that happen...
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 05:45 PM   #1893
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 11:17 PM   #1894
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Thanks for the beautiful shots, can't figure out the direction from which they were taken though
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 09:16 PM   #1895
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Pretty awesome





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Old October 4th, 2012, 04:11 AM   #1896
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The best CBD picts yet, wow
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Old October 4th, 2012, 09:37 AM   #1897
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Nice one! Thanks for posting
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Old October 4th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #1898
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Looks like a picture of a North American city from the 90's
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Old October 6th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #1899
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Old October 6th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1900
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So another photowalk with Jakes. Quite a lot of pics but I will try to group them.

First group: Retail. My goodness. I forgot how packed the city gets on Saturdays.

This was quite cute for me. Shopfront in Jeppe Street




Bazaar area around Diagonal Street


Creepy posing child


Jeppe street: Been a while since I walked here!




These new Church Street trading spaces work quite well




I actually bought a couple of books from the lady in front (This is taken in Eloff street). She had stacks of old National Geographics for sale


The roof of the trader's market


The Carlton and Small Street Mall were the busiest areas. It looks like Sandton over Christmas (minus the glitzy shopfronts of course).


Observations. I am glad to see that cleaners are at work, especially in the Central Retail Improvement District. Jeppe Street looks better, and the more formal trading stalls are definitely an improvement.
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