Breakthroughs, trends and innovations from cities around the globe
Government-backed demolitions of waterfront shantytowns in Lagos have more than 300,000 residents at risk of eviction, PRI reports.
Crime reduction efforts, improved public transportation and a gleaming new satellite city are among the changes, Africa Renewal reports.
Weak governance is partly to blame for hours-long traffic jams that can form well outside normal rush hours, The Economist reports.
Africa’s urban planners are starting over with new cities such as Eko Atlantic near Lagos, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Writing in The Conversation, a professor recommends a “charter city” model for Eko Atlantic to ensure transparency and high ethical standards.
Chinese developers are playing a lead role in the urbanization of Kigali, Lagos, Addis Ababa and other African cities
The city of 20 million relies on “inventive” ways to ensure that trash is not illegally dumped in places where it would foul the environment, Urb.im reports.
The ubiquitous motorbike taxis in African cities offer flexibility that minibuses lack and are fueling a boom in home delivery services, Mail & Guardian Africa reports.
To accommodate demand, developers are constructing buildings on soil that is not strong enough for multistory structures, Next City reports.
A floating school designed for an aquatic neighborhood in Lagos can withstand storm surge and rising tides, the ArchiPanic blog reports.
Beyond risk to people and property, the city’s role as an economic engine and magnet for youth could be undermined by climate change, Amina J. Mohammed writes in allAfrica.
A city short on electricity but brimming with garbage explores a solution to both problems, the AP reports.
Despite its slums and poverty, the quality of governance in Lagos has been improving, Seth Kaplan writes in the New York Times.