Tour Locations | A Community in Crisis: Gentrification in Woodstock and Salt River
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Woodstock is known to have been a working-class town since the 1870s. Hassan Asmal, a director at ACG Architects & Development Planners, and a Woodstock resident of over 20 years, explains how the collapse of the textile industry in the 90s paved the way for urban regeneration.
"Woodstock was the heart of the clothing manufacturing businesses so there were a lot of people who used to be employed in the area, and it was very active and then with the running down of the clothing factories and the introduction of cheaper, Chinese products, a lot of the factories closed down, and this did result in a deterioration in urban fabric partially, because of the lesser activity." (02:26)