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Ponte City Apartments (15 pics)

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  • 10 Apr, 2012  |
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Ponte City is a skyscraper in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1975 to a height of 173 m (567.6 ft), making it the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa. The 54-story building is cylindrical, with an open center allowing additional light into the apartments. The center space is known as "the core" and rises above an uneven rock floor. Ponte City was an extremely desirable address for its views over all of Johannesburg and its surroundings. During the late 80s gang activity had caused the crime rate to soar at the tower and the surrounding neighborhood. 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.

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№1 Author: kryptor (10 Apr 2012 03:38) Total user comments: 4588


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Scumbags ... what a shame ... wonder how many bodies will be found
at the bottom of the 'Core' pile
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№2 Author: Louie (10 Apr 2012 04:41) Total user comments: 8189


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wow
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№3 Author: Batman (10 Apr 2012 04:43) Total user comments: 593


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creepy
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№4 Author: shewentwhoa (10 Apr 2012 05:21) Total user comments: 1328


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Why don't they just tear it down?
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№5 Author: Grunt Callahan (10 Apr 2012 05:30) Total user comments: 2356


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If that place wasn't such a shit box, it would be cool to in.
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№6 Author: TehBrad (10 Apr 2012 09:16) Total user comments: 28


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Hillbrow is a place that not many of us would dare to venture into.

This sort of stuff is normal in South Africa. In my city, near the harbour, there are many old hotels, iron mills, apartments etc. that are just abandoned. Windows boarded up or smashed. People probably do live inside them but illegally.

Rather than fix them up for the homeless such as a shelter, this sort of stuff is let to rot. I wonder if the land owners are waiting for the area to develop or something.
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№7 Author: mahedi (10 Apr 2012 09:46) Total user comments: 10772


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Holy shit 12
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№8 Author: Jinxaruny (10 Apr 2012 09:48) Total user comments: 10324


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It's very sad, cause it could be such an awesome building! Welcome to SA! 03
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№9 Author: salsapopo (10 Apr 2012 14:29) Total user comments: 12723


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wooow
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№10 Author: Inocentino01 (10 Apr 2012 14:36) Total user comments: 278


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I would of like more pics 04
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№11 Author: micliapu (10 Apr 2012 17:41) Total user comments: 2977


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ff 07
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№12 Author: Lu (10 Apr 2012 20:29) Total user comments: 15096


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Distorted democracy running amuk. Maaarvellez! !
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№13 Author: joffenbaker (10 Apr 2012 20:35) Total user comments: 4968


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Pathetic.
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№14 Author: Nsibai (12 Apr 2012 01:25) Total user comments: 5694


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SCARY
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№15 Author: adzhoe (21 Apr 2012 02:22) Total user comments: 14995


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That's too bad. Happens in too many places.
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