English: Entertainment precincts are typically packed with a dynamic mix of people and land
uses that create areas with economic and social benefits. However, for a naturally
occurring precinct such as Florida Road, Durban, the social disharmony emanating
from the placement of the land uses makes the area vulnerable. The aim of the
research was to examine how best a collaborative approach could foster diversity.
Both quantitative and qualitative primary data, collected by means of questionnaires
and interviews drawn from the various stakeholders in the precinct, were conducted
in order to assess the nature of the issues. The research also drew data from the
lived experience of temporary/long-term residents and visitors and/or users of the
precinct to maintain an inhibited view outside of the private interests involved.
The research found that there have been minor changes to the spatial land-use
pattern since 2007. There is, however, a higher intensity of land-use activity such
as restaurants operating as nightclubs at close proximity to residential flats. The
study results showed that, while the Florida Road precinct management has made
great progress since its inception in 2012, there is dialectic tension between the
relevant stakeholders relating to planning and the decision-making processes. The
authors recommend intimate collaborative planning that enables communities and
local government to communicate effectively without squandering opportunities to
diversify mixed-use precincts.