There is no simple solution to the urbanisation problem. City authorities across the globe are grappling with running growing metropolitan areas – maintaining law and order, regulating traffic flows, delivering services, managing waste and more.
Johannesburg is no exception. It’s a true economic powerhouse, but this also means that it faces a constant influx of people, drawn to the promise of prosperity.
Many cities internationally are addressing these challenges by way of mixed-use precincts – where you’ll typically find apartments, shops and offices within the same development. So, are these really worthwhile places to live? The evidence suggests so – here’s why.
In South Africa, the Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct is one of the most successful and sought-after developments of its kind. It blends residential, commercial, retail and hospitality properties. It provides outstanding security, fantastic convenience and extensive connectivity, creating the conditions for urban dwellers to enjoy quality of life. Its design and scale make it simple to navigate and get around because it’s walkable. But what does all of this mean in terms of your everyday life?
Safety & security
The borders of a mixed-use precinct like Melrose Arch are more defined than the boundaries of a suburban area, which makes the precinct easier to secure. Measures like CCTV cameras and 24-hour foot patrols can be layered to create a safe and secure zone where residents, visitors and workers can have peace of mind.
Scale & walkability
These precincts are designed on a human scale – not industrial or urban. Everything is within reach and you can comfortably walk to where you need to be.
The “mixed” in mixed-use precincts refers to the types of property that you’ll find here: at Melrose Arch there is a blend of residential (apartments), commercial (offices) retail (shops) and hospitality (hotels).
By incorporating the latest technology, uninterrupted connectivity can be provided, no matter where you are in the precinct. Developments like Melrose Arch, also offer connectedness on a human level. Its layout and scale encourage people to interact – they get to know each other and experience a sense of community that is usually absent from cities.
Mixed-use precincts provide health benefits to people and places. This includes:
- Safe zones for outdoor exercise.
- No need to commute, sit in traffic or endure overcrowded malls.
- Smart technology can be used to manage everything from waste and recycling, to energy saving, and maximising natural light. These are just a few of the reasons why living in a mixed-use precinct is good for you, and good for the environment!