Bold Idea: The Langa Quarter aims to empower the residents of Langa through the creation of a sustainable tourist destination in the community. This is a bold idea because of the negative perceptions surrounding townships in South Africa that must be overcome for the project to succeed, and the much needed community buy in needed for this project to be successful.
In the urban planning circles of the United States, no historical figure embodies both the historical mythos and current trends that have become so important to the new urbanist movement more than Jane Jacobs. Today her thinking is credited with eventually pulling New York City out of its Taxi Driver slump in the 60s and 70s and making it the dream city of all 20 somethings fresh out of college nationwide, and her book The Death and Life of American Cities is considered a classic. But how does her ideology apply to other regions with their radically different cultures, federal policies, and urban fabric?