Johannesburg turns hip

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Tourists visit the Central Business District (CBD) of Johannesburg on March 11, 2012.

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STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

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    Tourists visit the Central Business District (CBD) of Johannesburg on March 11, 2012.

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    STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

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    Workers paint Main Street Life, an old industrial building in downtown Johannesburg that was redeveloped as an apartment complex and boutique hotel with restaurants, a rooftop bar and an art house cinema. While in recent decades central Johannesburg has become derelict and notoriously dangerous, some areas are changing as a new generation of artists and innovators moves back to the city.

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    Erin Conway-Smith

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    Sunday afternoon drinks at the rooftop bar of Main Street Life, an industrial building in Johannesburg's downtown that was redeveloped into apartments and a boutique hotel.

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    Caroline Killmer

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    A building under renovation in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    Erin Conway-Smith

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    Arts on Main in central Johannesburg is an example of the revitalization of pockets of the city's downtown core in recent years. This area has been transformed from rundown industrial buildings to hip galleries, shops and a restaurant.

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    Erin Conway-Smith

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    Jonathan Liebmann is the developer behind Main Street Life, an old industrial building in downtown Johannesburg that is being transformed into a trendy apartment complex and boutique hotel with shops, restaurants and an art house cinema. While in recent decades central Johannesburg had become derelict and notoriously dangerous, some areas are changing as a new generation of artists and innovators moves back to the city.

    Credit:

    Erin Conway-Smith

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    Tourists visit the Central Business District (CBD) of Johannesburg on March 11, 2012.

    Credit:

    STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

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    A building trumpets "Reviving Jozi," a nickname for Johannesburg, in the downtown of South Africa's biggest city.

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    Erin Conway-Smith

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    A brass and drum band plays at a street festival to mark Africa Day in Yeoville, an inner-city neighbourhood in Johannesburg. Yeoville, once a middle-class area, is now filled with migrants from dozens of African countries. After falling into a crime-ridden decline a decade ago, Yeoville is enjoying a revival these days, with new businesses, safer streets and more community activism.

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    Erin Conway-Smith