Can one man single-handedly ignite the revitalization of a city neighborhood? Since 2009, Johannesburg native Jonathan Liebmann has tried — leading the regeneration of Johannesburg’s downtown district by creating spaces where people can work, live and have fun.
Back in 2008 the area had seen better days. During the crime-ridden ’80s and ’90s, large businesses left for the safer northern suburbs. By 2000, even the Joburg Stock Exchange — the business anchor of the central business district — had moved.