Friday, July 21, 2006

A Message to the "Real Realist"


UT alerts me to this site. The Death of Johannesburg. Interesting and well presented but not pretty and so bloody negative. One sided views and with what sort of agenda I'm not sure. If only he (she?) would show the good with the bad. Despite my recent experiences I still think it's a great place and I sincerely do think something is on the bubble here. There is serious action in turning this around. I was driving through the dodgy side of town when the big Joubert Park clean up was taking place - this was a serious project, and was certainly doing a mental tally of how many beers I'd had when I drove through all these cops and redants.

Come on Mr so-called "Real Realist". Real realists give the whole picture and then pass judgment. You sir start with a thesis that Joburg is all rot and decay and then set out to prove it. I am not convinced.

7 comments:

VallyP said...

Just before I read this I was telling a neighbouring boat dweller about Jo'burg. "It's a fantastic, beautiful, tragic, ugly, vibrant, colourful, dirty, dangerous and amazing city" I said. it's all much more reasonable and moderate here in Rotters (laughter because R'dam has the same reputation here!), but I miss Joeys and everything about it....the good and the bad. I had just told him that it was still home to me, and I still feel that. I especially miss the people, so yes...please lets have the good as well as the bad in the reports! it's definitely there.

VallyP said...

BTW, I have become very fond of this city too...maybe I just have a yen for the downtrodden places with a bad press!

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