Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And we thought we had problems! How not to design a city

Here is the purported plan for Juba, using the well known rhinoceros solution to gridlock

Misadventures in Urban Planning
by Chris Blattman
August 23, 2010

[Quote from Alan Boswell blog:]

South Sudan is planning to literally re-build its city centers from scratch…into the shape of some of the safari animals the rest of the world comes to these parts to chase around in open-roofed vehicles.

The multi-decade project is estimated to cost over $10 billion (the government’s annual budget this year was less than $2 billion).

These new urban centers will be owned initially by the private companies who finance the construction, under a public-private partnership model currently all the rage here in the wider region.

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