The Eviction Economy


Red Ants HQ

11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg

The prominence of businesses’ influence on Johannesburg has been exacerbated by the proliferation of City Improvement Districts (CIDs). These are local variations of the Anglo-American Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)which are drivers of entrepreneurial urbanism and the privatization of public space CID districts are criticized for further fragmenting an already unequal and divided city . Their use of privatized cleaning, maintenance and security services entrenches differential access to resources and amenities and makes the disparities between areas which are controlled by private interests and those which have not attracted investment even more stark.


Sanne van den Breemer
Filip Geerts
Ilmar Hurkxkens

Director of Studies

Salomon Frausto


Nigel Alarcon(MX), Pooja Bhave(IN), Mariano Cuofano(IT), Fabiola Cruz(PE), Alonso Díaz(MX), Xiaoyu Ding(CN), Ines Garcia‑Lezana(ES), Sandra Garcia(ES), Martino Greco(IT), Sebastian Hitchcock(ZA), Alejandra Huesca(MX), Yesah Hwangbo(KR), Takuma Johnson(US), Yi-Ni Lin(TW), Paola Tovar(MX), Cristhy Mattos(BR), Preradon Pimpakan(TH), Adi Samet(IL), Raymond Tang(US), Kulaporn Temudom(TH), Danai Tsigkanou(GR), Jesse Verdoes(NL), Rongting Xiao(CN)