A 54-story residential skyscraper located in Johannesburg's Hillbrow neighborhood, Ponte City is one of the city's most infamous buildings. Built in 1975, and interesting for its cylindrical construction with an open center that allows light to enter apartments from both sides, the building began as a highly desirable place to live for its amazing views, but became synonymous with Johannesburg's decline through the 1980s. At one point, the condition of the building became so derelict that a 5-story tall pile of debris sat in its center courtyard, and many gangs had moved into the apartments. Today, restoration of Ponte City and the surrounding area has been undertaken partially in preparation of a larger project of urban revitalization for the World Cup 2010, but it too has been marred recently by scandal and setbacks.
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