Spontaneous Development of Urban Centers An analysis of the transformation process of Adama and its primary commercial centers

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Addis Ababauniversity


Central areas in Adama have been transforming into either of two forms - blighted and decayed areas or congested and very poor quality urban environments. It seems that the problem exists as urbanization takes place in the context of relatively slow economic growth, ineffective legal and regulatory frameworks and perhaps an absence of a strong and functional social order, all leading to spontaneous urban development. The aim of this study is to understand how these urban areas became to be the way they are today. There have been a lot of studies on transformation of cities in the context of industrialized nations. It is not clear, however, whether or not these studies can explain the situation in the developing world. Attention thus far, in cities in the developing world, has been limited to amelioration of problems associated with poverty and delivery of infrastructure and social services. The quality of the urban environment was not considered as a priority. This study discusses the different stages in the transformation of central urban areas of Adama in general, and that of its commercial centers in particular, and the effects of the transformation process on the quality of the urban environment. life of the low and middle income inner-city residents of Addis Ababa. Financial, institutional and legal problems are also seen



An analysis of the transformation process