This is according to an article in News24, which says that the Maboneng Precinct, once a neighbourhood of nothing but empty, run-down buildings, now serves as a stunning example of the inner city’s rebirth. Old industrial buildings that were once declared no-go areas have been renovated and transformed into trendy cafés, fashion shops and upmarket apartments.
The mix of art galleries and studio spaces on offer attract the inner city’s public, as well as the art-going crowds of the northern suburbs, bringing life back into the downtown area of the city.
Projects to breathe life back into the inner city had already started before the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, which improved Johannesburg's infrastructure and boosted tourism. Its revival is now attracting further investment.