One interpretation of Mpe’s meticulous description of Hillbrow as a neighborhood, its boundaries and street names is that he not only wanted to paint a visual picture for the reader of this actual place in Johannesburg but he also wanted to place the reader into the mind of the colonized. The names of the streets in many ways did not sound natural in an African city, in an African country, on the African continent. The city of Johannesburg and its many places are all defined by a white colonial history. The city of Johannesburg much like the rest of South Africa is in the process of renaming streets, rivers, mountains, and cities. It is a process that many argue need to take place so that black South Africans can reclaim not only their homeland but their minds as well. And, for me that is why Mpe’s description of Hillbrow is so poignant in a post-apartheid South Africa. So, this notion of space and place in the city poses several interesting questions. What is the import in a name? Is changing street names a waste of time and money? How does one begin to own a place? I would love to hear your thoughts!