A cool fact about Loveday Street, Johannesburg:
Portions of the street have been renamed to commemorate the academic and anti-apartheid activist, David Webster, and the human rights lawyer and activist, Bheki Mlangeni. Webster taught anthropology at Wits University. He was shot dead by a covert government agency outside his house. Mlangeni was a human rights lawyer and activity who died in 1991 after opening a parcel from the Braamfontein Post Office, which contained a bomb. The intended target of the parcel was Dirk Coetzee, a former policeman who gave evidence against state-sponsored death-squads. The parcel was unwittingly collected by Mlangeni.
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A cool fact about Loveday Street, Johannesburg:

Portions of the street have been renamed to commemorate the academic and anti-apartheid activist, David Webster, and the human rights lawyer and activist, Bheki Mlangeni. Webster taught anthropology at Wits University. He was shot dead by a covert government agency outside his house. Mlangeni was a human rights lawyer and activity who died in 1991 after opening a parcel from the Braamfontein Post Office, which contained a bomb. The intended target of the parcel was Dirk Coetzee, a former policeman who gave evidence against state-sponsored death-squads. The parcel was unwittingly collected by Mlangeni.

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DEAR MABONENG

When urban decay becomes a set piece to be remodeled or romanticised. This is hipster economics.

Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.

Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.

That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.

In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.

— Sarah Kendzior, The peril of hipster economics

  1. Massive Attack
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Arundhati Roy

Always a good idea to know what people you admire have to say about things that you don’t. Favourite words from Michael’s Palestine song (written in 1993):

God’s a place for you
Oh, Palestine.
And, I believe in you. Oh
Palestine, I will die for you.