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  • Streets that “embody respect”?
    We sat in a formal board-room table overlooking central Cape Town just before Christmas of 2012. We were a small, enthusiastic bunch of street geeks (some of whom went on to set up Open Streets Cape […]
  • Cape Town 2050?
    What, I was asked, did I think that Cape Town would be like in 2050? My mind immediately jumped to a 1962 edition of The Star newspaper giving future predictions for Johannesburg by ex-president of […]
  • “Welcome to Cape Town! The first thing you need to know? It’s treacherous to cross the roads…”
    “In Cape Town”, she said, “the green men are ‘shy’ and drivers don’t care about pedestrians. Please be careful. I don’t want to lose any of you along the […]
  • Being human on Cape Town’s Open Streets
    Towards the end of Sunday’s Bree Open Streets Day I finally took some time to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy the street. As a survey volunteer I had spent most of the day interviewing. The people I […]
  • Random acts of kindness, and respect, on Open Streets
    Bored with your daily commute? Here’s a game to play while driving around the suburbs. Give way to any pedestrians you come across : those trying to cross a road, at a traffic signal or stop […]

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