Ponte City Apartments Skyscraper in Johannesburg, South Africa

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“During the late 1980s, gang activity had caused the crime rate to soar at the tower and the surrounding neighbourhood.[2] By the 1990s, after the end of apartheid, many gangs moved into the building and it became extremely unsafe. Ponte City became symbolic of the crime and urban decay gripping the once cosmopolitan Hillbrow neighborhood. The core filled with debris five stories high as the owners left the building to decay.[5] There were even proposals in the mid-1990s to turn the building into a highrise prison.[2] In 2001 Trafalgar Properties took over management of the building and began making numerous improvements.”

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