Johannesburg

Johannesburg Neighbourhoods

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Johannesburg is a city where extreme wealth and dire poverty live side by side in many neighbourhoods. The affluent northern suburb of Sandton and its neighbour, the township of Alexandra, remind visitors of how apartheid once shaped the city, and how that legacy still persists. However, Johannesburg in 2014 is a more integrated city than it has ever been since its birth. There are visible signs of an emerging black middle class and a shift away from the simple equation of white privilege and black disempowerment. Still, if this process of a city returning to normal after years of oppression and division is compared to a race, we are in the starting blocks rather than at the finish.

Twenty years after embracing democracy, the city is still trying to define what its future might look like. But there are many bright spots on the map already, among them the big residential developments that are breathing life into the once failing central business district. New neighbourhoods have sprung up in formerly deserted districts, and there is always something new and shiny to look at, be it a new must-visit restaurant, venue, gallery or shop. The districts highlighted here each have a distinctive feel and something unique to offer the visitor. For attractions, head to Sightseeing.

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