I doubt infrastructure is not socialist. In Ghana, the rich don't build roads and bridges. Even where some wealthy people live in Ghana, the roads are horrible. Remember we said the same things about Nkrumah's project at the time. Now it's all we have. In Ghana when a project is started, we say it's over ambitious and when it's well underway or completed, we say it's not ambitious enough. For me we should insist projects undertaken would stand the test of time. We are soo far behind its difficult to put all our resource into one project no matter how GOOD it is. Good infrastructure is the only thing these politicians cannot take with them when they leave. Problem is Ghanaians know too much. We want to run before we can crawl. We want to reap where we have not sown. Let's learn to make our own TOOTHPICKS and go on from there.Let's get the foundations right first. If NDC is a socialist party then the focus area with infrastructure is misguided. Rather build the metro rail network within accra and offload traffic from these routes.
I saw a proposal by some architects to add more value to the interchange by setting up a multi storey market on some strategic parts of the under bridge. It was so lovely and looks feasible and will go A ong way to decongest the place and create a vibrant node. I know for sure that ghana's economy is on the road path of recovery. As the oil prices keep dropping the government knowns it will no longer be a walk in the park. Hence the need to invest in infrastructure that will help propel the economy. Am optistimicI believe when this project is complete, we will potentially have a new node formed around the interchange. Property values might go up and people will like to locate projects there. Thus of the hawking problem and the trotro choke is drastically reduced
Great points!I seriously cant believe you guys support this. The benefit of being poor is that we can learn from the mistake of others- that is something we arent doing. You wont find any structure like this in central London or NYC or Paris etc etc. Cities that have built these centrally have lived to regret it.
This is one of the many town planning errors from the 50s and 60s. Its not exactly the same but London has just spent millions revamping the famed Elephant and Castle roundabout. Like this, it reduced the natural 'flow' of the city and the underpasses were dangerous at night.
There is no game plan for Accra. Just haphazard developments. They need to do what Rwanda did and employ a foreign urban design company who can tap in to their experiences abroad to come up with a comprehensive plan.
I love Glasgow but love Edinburgh much, much more and you are right.Im glad someone understands ^^
This is still very much prime central Accra. Its the link between downtown and the richer areas like Cantonments. I would have preferred a park- some development- cafes- shops- offices- it could have been something really cool and vibrant.
I mentioned before- cities in the West who did this after the war ended up regretting it. Some of them ending up with costly works to revert such structures.
I grew up in Glasgow- they built a motorway extenstion between the city centre and the affluent western part of the city. The benefit is that I can drive from my town directly into the city centre via motorway thus shortening journey times. The bad side is it encouraged car use and polloution and destroyed the natural flow of the city cutting of the West End (even though they build bridges its never the same). the same motorway also cuts of the city centre from the poorer areas to the north. So it basically cut off half of the city.
I prefer Edinburgh- because of its history they were never allowed to do this. The city is completely fluid and you can walk from the city centre in any direction to the edges of the city.
I definitely agree with you ! all the trotro in the station is cause so much mess, this is so disorganized..Horrible. Ghana will live to regret this just as richer nations did with similar projects back in the 60s and 70s.
This is a project for the suburbs and periphery- not the heart of a city.