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Revitalising Johannesburg's CBD

Under Apartheid rule during the 1980s, the white population in Joburg's CBD migrated to the northern suburbs such as Sandton which is now a hub for business. The CBD went into decline, crime rates increased and the vibrant city centre dissolved.

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Developments of CBD areas are helping to restore the creativity of this important African city. One example is Main Street Life located in the The Maboneng Precinct as part of the Arts On Main development - a former 1970s industrial building converted to a mixed use complex offering live/work studios, retail shops, a rooftop events venue and an Arts Hotel. 'The development is designed to inspire creativity and innovation'.

The complex is more than an apartment block, it's a way of life which is supported by the various creative events held within the development, 'attracting hipsters' as OpenIDEATOR Tristan Cooke puts it to help revitalise the cool of place.

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Fab global build on Tristan's insight, C.