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Implementation of the Corridors of Freedom is a long-term developmental programme that will require significant capital outlay by the City and other spheres of government together with a range of private sector responses and community involvement. 

The story maps visually show the progress the City is making on implementing various plans, projects and other initiatives in the Corridors.

The City’s implementation is focused on:

  • Infrastructure:

In order to facilitate more development along the corridors in the form of a more compact and dense urban form and a greater mix of land uses, bulk infrastructure (storm water, water and electricity) must be of the highest quality and have the capacity to sustain this development. The various Municipal Owned Entities are implementing a range of projects to support the envisaged development.

  • Safe neighbourhoods designed for cycling and walking:

A key component in realising the Corridors of Freedom is the construction of a quality public transport system and associated cycling/ pedestrian infrastructure. To this end the City is implementing the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid System and an extensive network of non-motorised transport to facilitate cycling and walking. Significant walk and cycle ways construction are undertaken within the Corridors to link areas to the transit system and to promote healthy lifestyles; thereby contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions. A number of pedestrian bridges and upgraded pedestrian crossings are constructed to improve safety of pedestrians, including access for people with disabilities.

  • Mixed use developments that will stimulate economic activity and create opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs:

Diverse accommodation types and tenure options:

On average, the population in the 3 corridors will increase from 7 436 people per square kilometre to 41 632 people per square kilometre. High density residential developments within the corridors need to support a range of typologies, densities and incomes. The City is investing in a range of housing developments to realise the envisioned social inclusivity within the Corridors.

  • Integrated access to a range of social amenities

The vision for the provision of social amenities is linked to the creation of spaces that will unite residents. The strategy is to cluster a number of varied facilities together in an integrated environment that discourages fences and pockets of isolated public facilities and encourages multi-use facilities in multi-storey buildings in character with high rise environments envisaged along the BRT and around transit stations. The social facility clusters are spaces to implement innovative solutions on green buildings and the use of public places.

In order to construct a sustainable urban community the necessary social facilities need to be provided to the Corridors to support the increase in population. The City is investing extensively in social facilities that fall under its jurisdiction within the Corridors within the next three years. This includes new and upgraded libraries, clinics, sports and recreational facilities and social support facilities.

Inter-governmental cooperation is required to align provincial and national budgets to this initiative in order to ensure that their services such as schools, healthcare, social welfare grants and policing, are provided to serve the increased population demands.

Ensuring a quality urban environment also requires quality public spaces. Creating great places is a key focus of the implementation programme.



Corridors of Freedom Interactive Map

 

The Project Story map can be used to view Medium Term Projects that are being implimented by City Departments' and Entities in the Corridors.

The tool is compatible with Google Chrome web browser.

 

To view the Story Map click on the image above

 

 


  Corridors of Freedom Videos:

What is the meaning of spatial transformation in one of the leading cities in South Africa? The videos below document and reflect on the topic of urban transformation in the City of Johannesburg. They are aimed at stimulating the conversation on best practice in the co-production of development plans and how the future of the City could evolve taking into consideration future urban lifestyles and the urban space economy.

 

 

 


Corridors of Freedom Images: Coming Soon

 


 

Corridors of Freedom Media Releases:

A walk to freedom: can Joburg's bridges heal the urban scars of apartheid? Written by Alice McCool, The Guardian. 

A bridge being built over the highway between Sandton and Alexandra as part of Johannesburg’s ‘Corridors of Freedom’ project. Photograph: Thomas Lewton