Edgemead is a suburb in one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs. It is also part of the “garden cities” development principles. This is a middle- to high income suburb with the N1 City mall just over the N1 bridge to sustain residents’ retail needs. Also close by situated is the N1 City Hospital. Edgemead is part of the garden cities philosophy.
Some facts about Edgemead from Stats SA as at 2011:
· Edgemead comprise of an area totalling 4.01 km2.
· The dominant language is English.
· 86.7% of the residents are Caucasian.
· 87% are English speaking, followed by 10.4% Afrikaans and 2.5% other languages.
· The population in 2011 was 9884.
From some of the properties in Edgemead it is possible to have a panoramic view of the V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk. Coming from Edgemead you do not have to take the N1 North to reach Tygervalley Centre since the back roads over Bellville Hill is more convenient. It is closely situated to Epping Industria 1& 2, Pinelands, Goodwood and the casino on Goodwood Drive.
So what is the garden city development?
Here are some of the principles of garden cities philosophies and characteristics:
- Garden Cities do in fact refer to gardens, trees and greenery.
- It is also a design philosophy in which a community is self-contained and sustained.
- The principle was fathered by Sir Ebenezer Howard in 1898. Sir Howard's idea was for a city to house 32 000 people on 6 000 acres land. This needed to be in a concentric pattern which would include open spaces, public parks and radial boulevards extending from the centre of the city.
- Some of his special philosophies could not be implemented due to space constraints, but the idea makes for a sense of community which Edgemead is indeed.
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