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jda_dev_inner-city2Rising out of the dust, the inner city of Joburg grew from a gold rush tent town in 1886 to the financial and commercial hub of Africa in just more than a century. In less than two decades after its formal proclamation, the broad outlines of the inner city as we know it today, were already well established.

Once home to the stock exchange and numerous corporate head offices, in the 1980s the inner city went through a period of decline. Since then, however, it has turned the corner with revitalisation efforts from the public and private sectors gaining momentum. The JDA, as the agency tasked to work with other City agencies and departments to realise this revitalisation, has played a pivotal role in putting the inner city back on the map. The JDA's mandate is to stimulate and support area-based economic development initiatives throughout the Johannesburg metropolitan area in support of Joburg 2030.

A large part of its activities has been focused around the inner city, with Newtown, Ellis Park, Braamfontein, the High Court and various other precincts benefiting from development initiatives it has initiated.

An integral part of the JDA's vision for Johannesburg's core is that it should be a 24-hour city that is vibrant, walkable and central to the metropolis's cultural life. To bring this vision to fruition, it has assisted in the creation of public open spaces, parks, pedestrian walkways and proper informal trading facilities.

Undoubtedly the heart of Johannesburg, the inner city today is not only a commercial and economic hub but also the home of thousands of people, both locals and foreigners. And, as a major cross-border centre with neighbouring African countries, it is estimated that some 900 000 people move in and out of the inner city daily, working and trading within its boundaries.

A key location and transportation hub, the inner city is the biggest transport interchange in the country, featuring many different modes - car, taxi, bus and train, local, national and international.

It is also home to many large corporate institutions, mining houses and financial concerns which anchor the city's and the country's economy. All of these aspects have added colour and culture to an already cosmopolitan and vibrant place.

Iconic landmarks are found throughout the inner city: the Hillbrow tower, the diamond-like building of Diagonal Street, the Carlton Centre, Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela Bridge, to name a few. And with its regeneration through the Inner City Regeneration Charter, more public open spaces and public art have seen the light. Today, Joburg's core is truly becoming a walkable, green city.

The inner city is bounded by Yeoville and Braamfontein in the north, Marshalltown and Benrose in the south, Vrededorp and Fordsburg in the west, and Jeppestown, Bertrams and Troyeville in the east.