From tomorrow, 16 July, to Friday 19th July, I will be attending the international Metropolis conference in Sandton. South Africa or, more correctly, Johannesburg is hosting the event which will be attended by people involved in city development and city management from the world over. Topics range from safety to housing to the informal economy. There will be a discussion on the funding of urban development, something I am particularly interested in.
Of course, it is, like all others, a conference, and it therefore cannot guarantee that anything concrete will come out of it. But it does seem as if there will be some exciting discussions by people really committed to their cities or to their ideas about cities and how they can be developed and improved.
I do hope something of value to Yeoville Bellevue will come out of it. There is so much we could be doing if we had the resources, the support of the authorities and buy-in from the community (and an end to divisions and petty politics in the community).
I will attempt to give an overview of the conference (or at least the sessions I attend), either by day or at the end.