The City is back. People of all races sipping coffee, typing on their laptops on sidewalk café in downtown Johannesburg, walking on pavements, window shopping ….ordinary scenes of urban life, which had disappeared in the economic hub of Africa.
Main street in down town near Ghandi Square was one of the first places to get an uplift with side walk cafes and retail shops.
During apartheid, the city centre (CBB) people of colour were banned, it was aso called "white only” area. But at the end of the racist regime, in the early 1990, thousands of immigrants from all over the continent and black south africans from the Bantustans all flocked to the city in search of jobs. They started to occupy the vacant buildings, many white businesses and residents left because of congestion and crime and relocated to the suburbs. Over the years, the city had fallen to building hijackers who made a fortune as they packeddesperate tenants in abandoned buildings.