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The GSCID together with our consultants, MCA Urban and Environmental Planners are working on a strategic development framework for the GSCID area, centered on Main Road from Anzio Road in Observatory to San Souci Road in Newlands. The aim of the framework is to set out a range of actions needed in order to fulfill the vision of a thriving, diverse community on the doorstep of the University of Cape Town. This vision sees UCT as the hub of an Educational District (incorporating the university, colleges, and schools) that promotes learning for all ages; innovation; and opportunities for community growth and connection. Globally, more and more universities are promoting the concept of a university town (town and gown) as one that fosters collaborative relationships that benefit the entire community.

As the Educational District becomes known for opportunity, research, new ideas and creative thinking, the streets and public spaces will be activated and inspired citizens, students and visitors will be drawn to the events and businesses in the area. With busy streets and better communication comes increased safety and security, which will benefit UCT students and staff, as well as the local community.

The vision is built on the GSCID’s concept of Partnership; active and interested citizens and institutions can work together to build on the assets in the area, and improve the city experience for residents, students, academics, commuters and visitors to the district.

We invite you to join us to explore the opportunities for this area at a co-design workshop to be held at the Mowbray Town Hall on 18 October, from 9:30 to 12:30. At the workshop we will be looking at three theme areas:

  •  Celebrating three centuries of heritage in the area (e.g. marking and interpreting as well as heritage walking tours)
  • How to build a local identity (e.g. events and festivals, and defining characteristics e.g. Entertainment, eating out, hair braiding, etc.)
  • Improving public spaces (parks and squares, public art, etc.)

 

We need your ideas and input. If you are interested in contributing to this process and would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP to Gill Cullinan on gill@mcaplan.co.za by 14 October. 

Anthony Davies

Chief Executive Officer

 

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