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jda_dev_inner-city-1Following the signing in 2007 of the Inner City Charter, a strategic agreement between inner city stakeholders that outlines how the City will address issues of urban regeneration and economic development, the council approved the Inner City Urban Design Implementation Plan (ICUDIP).

This plan identified the commercial core of the inner city as one of the top eight strategic catalytic intervention areas for regeneration in the short term. The ICUDIP reflects the need to establish a walkable network of pedestrian friendly routes supported by good quality public open spaces that link people to the public transportation interchanges and the range of private and public amenities in this part of the inner city.

Against this backdrop, the City of Johannesburg prioritised the inner city core for public environment upgrading in years three and four of the charter implementation period. It is to be funded through the inner city upgrading capital allocation in the budget of the department of development planning and urban management, and to be implemented by the JDA.

The upgrade of the inner city core began with the Retail Improvement District (RID) in 2008/09. The RID is bounded by Jeppe Street in the north, Commissioner Street in the south, Harrison Street in the west and Von Brandis Street in the east. The JDA began by upgrading the lighting; it also produced an urban design framework that identified public environment upgrading projects for implementation.

Two projects identified in the plan were then designed for implementation in 2009/10: the upgrade of Ernest Oppenheimer Park, and a food court on Kerk Street at Von Brandis Street.

The RID urban design framework was expanded in 2009/10 to focus beyond the original boundaries, to include the larger commercial core of the inner city which was defined as the area between Sauer Street in the west, Bree Street in the north, Mooi Street in the east and Commissioner Street in the south.