This space is one of the spaces that most people have to encounter when leaving Johannesburg to go to their designated areas/homes. Firstly I personally believe that this space is not safe at all, because it seems as though its an expected norm to hold your bags tighter and closer when in this space and a lot of incidents have happened whereby people got mugged and lost their possesions. Although often there is a gap between real and perceived crime that restricts a person's use of the public environment its better safe than sorry (Francise 1987). The taxi rank is also suppose to be an accessible public space but because of the hundreds of people there it is difficult to pass through from one destination to another. I would not classify this space as an open space because space is considered open only when it is publicly easily accessible ( Lynch 1960). Noord taxi rank is a very uncomfortable space because there are no adequate and seating spaces( Francise 1987) Everyone is on the move and no priviledge is given to the physically disabled or elderly.
The rank is also not democratic at all the last time young girls wore mini skirts they were attached by the taxi drivers which resulted in women protesting in their miniskirts against harrassment by taxi drivers to women in miniskirts.
The maintenance and of the rank was unacceptable, there, is litter everywhere and in most cases space maitanace and the condition of a space can be misread and used to justify inappropriate actions(Jacobs A)