City GCR Seminar
- Graeme Götz
Through its Green Assets and Infrastructure Project GCRO has begun to accumulate useful experience with the CityLab method. This sees key officials, mostly from local government, co-produce mutually beneficial knowledge through a series of facilitated dialogues. In late 2013, GCRO was approached by a number of officials from the central strategy units of Gauteng’s three metropolitan municipalities to explore what more GCRO could be doing to support local government in the region. Through this discussion it was decided that a quarterly seminar – a GCR CityLab of sorts – could both help city officials grapple with shared problems and opportunities, and also clarify ideas for GCRO research that could respond more directly to the needs of local government.
The provisionally titled City GCR Seminar was first convened in March 2015. A further set of seminars are currently being planned for 2015/16.
A first meeting of the City GCR Seminar was held on 6 March 2015. It saw discussion of the city-benchmarking results from the 2013 Quality of Life Survey, as well as a presentation and discussion on preliminary GCRO spatial statistical analysis of reasons for dissatisfaction with government.
A second seminar is being planned on uneven development of peripheries and cores of the city-region, and proposed measures (including GPG’s proposed mega human settlements projects) to reverse the trend towards consolidation and growth of the core metros, with relative stagnation of the districts.