After a fairly decent first phase the Name Your Hood campaign has progressed onto naming two new ‘hoods’ in the Cape Town City Bowl with public voting extended until Wednesday 14th September.
The next two neighbourhoods are:
Hood 3: The neighbourhood bordered by Somerset Road, Dock Road, Coen Steytler Street and Buitengracht
Hood 4: The neighbourhood bordered by Annandale Street, Orange Street, Queen Victoria Street, Long Street, Strand Street, Plein Street, St John Street and Hatfield Street.
The process is very simple for the re-naming of our beloved city:
Phase 1: The public can submit names (via the website, www.nameyourhood.co.za or through voting forms which are available in Pam Golding branches around Cape Town).
Phase 2: A panel, which includes Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba, Africa Melane from CapeTalk567, Andrew Hall of Heritage Western Cape, Natalie Becker, Nik Rabinowitz and others, reviews the names submitted and chooses a shortlist of names (maximum of 10 per neighbourhood)
Phase 3: The public can vote on the shortlist (via the website or by SMS)
The shortlist once again features some pretty creative and meaningful names. For example, Hood 3’s ‘The Foundry’ had this as its motivation: “The Foundry is a creative melting pot. Dotted with vibrant businesses and creative agencies, the district is a crucible of entrepreneurship and original thinking. Walking through the streets, one can feel the white-hot creative energy.”
Another motivation for the area reads: “‘Prestwich’ is to commemorate those who died in and suffered as a result of slavery. It is time we stop ignoring and start remembering while facing the dark, often forgotten chapters of our history.”
Hood 4, meanwhile, has had submissions such as ‘The Gardens’, ‘The Seat’ and ‘The Old City’. With motivations including: “This hood is home to Parliament, Die Tuinhuis (presidential residence), numerous museums showcasing the political history of Cape Town, Government Avenue, Parliament Street, and the Company Gardens, planted by Jan van Riebeeck (first Dutch Commander)” and “Not only are there retail merchants in this area, but historically the shipping merchants called in at the Cape.”
The nominated names are set to endure with valuable support being offered by key stakeholders such as Cape Town Tourism, Cape Town Partnership, Accelerate Cape Town and Wesgro. Local businesses are also showing their support, with Pam Golding Properties, Mr Delivery, Groupon and Vida e Caffe as well as smaller neighbourhood establishments on board.
The Name Your Hood project aims to roll out across the entire city in time. Voting for the two new neighbourhoods can be done online or through the voting booths. So visit www.nameyourhood.co.za and make sure you submit your hood name.