Tour Locations | A Community in Crisis: Gentrification in Woodstock and Salt River
Background about Woodstock
Keep walking straight.
The evictions today are tragic because they follow a pattern established during Apartheid in a neighbouring suburb: District Six.
In the 1970s, over 60,000 residents were forcibly removed from District Six. Their homes were bulldozed and the community was broken apart. Families were dumped on the windswept Cape Flats, on the outskirts of Cape Town.
District Six was a multiracial, multireligious community famous for its music and architecture. Its demolition left a scar on the city that has never healed. It is said that the demolition of Woodstock was on the National Party's agenda, but they didn't manage to pull it off while they were still in power. Lower Woodstock and Salt River managed to stay diverse -- until today, that is.
Urban regeneration is threatening this diversity, and many long-term Woodstock and Salt River residents are finding themselves forced out, just like their neighbours in District Six. Their choice after eviction is often between homelessness or emergency housing in Blikkiesdorp -- a place on the outskirts of Cape Town, where there is almost no infrastructure.
Continue walking towards the Biscuit Mill.