District Six: A Complex History
The District Six community has a long and complex history, with over 60,000 inhabitants being forcibly removed during apartheid in the 1970s. The community has been fighting to reclaim the land and rebuild the area to its former glory since then.
The Chapel Street Public Realm Project
The Chapel Street Public Realm Project is a significant step towards the restoration of District Six. It aims to create a pedestrian-friendly environment that will connect different parts of the community and support the ongoing restitution process.
The City of Cape Town recognizes the importance of community involvement in the planning process and has taken steps to ensure that everyone has a voice. An open day on May 27, 2023, will provide residents with a chance to view the concept design and offer feedback. Other ways to participate and share opinions are also available.
Creating a Vibrant Community
The proposed changes to Chapel Street aim to make the area safer for pedestrians and encourage people to spend time outdoors by creating a greener environment. The project will also connect the different parts of the District Six community and provide easier access to the Central Business District. By creating a more vibrant and cosmopolitan community, the project will help to reestablish the identity of District Six and create a brighter future for all residents.
The Chapel Street Public Realm Project is an ambitious undertaking that promises to revitalize the historic District Six neighborhood and reconnect the community. Community involvement is a crucial step in creating a sense of ownership and belonging. The project will encourage people to spend time outdoors and engage with their neighborhood by creating a pedestrian-friendly and greener space. The City of Cape Town is encouraging all interested parties to participate by submitting feedback before the deadline of June 30, 2023.