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Sidewalks have to be wider and better maintained. Bole road is a relatively new area but a good example how the city lacks planning. There is not enough parking so cars park on sidewalks were people are supposed to go:bash:
 

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How about ,closing piazza for cars from cinema empire all the way to Aratkilo , and making shopping district open only to pedestrians. with nice lamp poles park benches in the middle trees.and removing old buildings and building a new neoclassic buildings.street with cobblestones etc...
 

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We don't need to be a rocket scientist to make this happen in Addis!
1) We have Plenty of water,
2) It's not expessive to construct,
3) It's easy to maintain.


Fountains for Addis Now!!!
 

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There are several fountains now, but they don't turn them on (the ones in the park in front of UNECA and Palace; the ones in front of Tikur Anbessa Hospital).

There has to be development of parks, real parks! With grass, trees, benches, fountains, even ponds. People need a place to relax. Addis is a stressful city.
 

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There are several fountains now, but they don't turn them on (the ones in the park in front of UNECA and Palace; the ones in front of Tikur Anbessa Hospital).

There has to be development of parks, real parks! With grass, trees, benches, fountains, even ponds. People need a place to relax. Addis is a stressful city.
 

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The Woyane people like building monuments- here is an idea for them!
Menelik Avenue would be extended all the way down to middle of Cherkos, preferably renamed the Menged ye-Ityopawi (Way of the Ethiopians). It would be widened to its widest point, which when it passes Africa Hall, which would require the demolition of a couple of buildings. However, the park in between the avenue would be removed entirely, and the avenue would simply have one two way road. This road would be lined with large (4m) tall obelisks on which lamps are mounted (like the Via della Conciliazione in Rome), with a wide sidewalk, a thick row of trees, and then a smaller sidewalk. The avenue would be lined with say 10-15 story buildings, and at the end you would have a monument.
 

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How about ,closing piazza for cars from cinema empire all the way to Aratkilo , and making shopping district open only to pedestrians. with nice lamp poles park benches in the middle trees.and removing old buildings and building a new neoclassic buildings.street with cobblestones etc...
If you do that, the people of Addis will shoot you....:)

Addis ababians line up and wait for hours to take a taxi or a bus from Arat Kilo to Piazza - complaining about the public transportation. Isn't that just a 15 minutes walk? How lazy can we get!:eek:hno:

Vildana,
Anyways, good idea & I think it is really quiet easy to do and achieve that!
 

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How about ,closing piazza for cars from cinema empire all the way to Aratkilo , and making shopping district open only to pedestrians. with nice lamp poles park benches in the middle trees.and removing old buildings and building a new neoclassic buildings.street with cobblestones etc...
ያንን ማድረግ ያለባቸው በቅድሚያ ለመርካቶ ነው። እቃ አቅራቦት ሌሊት ይፈጸምና ቀኑን ይለፍ ያላቸው መኪኖች ብቻ እንዲያልፉ መደረግ አለበት፣ ለምሳሌ አውቶቡስች።

ከአመት በፊት መርካቶ ሄጄ ነበር፣ ከመገርም በቀር ምንም አላልኩም። ስው መንግዱን እንደማቆሚያ ነበር የሚጠቀምበት። ባለጉዳይ መኪና ይዞ ሲገባ ትርፍ ሰው ይዞ ይገባና፣ እሱ በግሩ ወደጉዳዩ ሲሄድ ሌላኛው የመኪና ግፊያ ውስጥ የመኪናው ነጂ ሆኖ ይጠብቃል። ባለ ጉዳይ ሥራውን ሲጨርስ፣ በጅ ስልክ ይደዋወሉና የት እንዳሉ ተጠያይቀው ይገናኛሉ።

ወንድሜ መርካቶ ሱቅ አለው። እንደነገረኝ፣ ጧት ወድ 11 ሰአት ከሌሊቱ ሱቅ ያቆምና ቀኑን ሙሉ መኪናውን አያንቀሳቅስም።

ከባድ የጭነት መኪኖች አዲሳባ በቀን እንዳይገቡ መከልከሉ እሰይ የሚያስብል ሥራ ነው። ተመሳሳይ መፍትሔ ለመርካቶ ያስፈልጋል።

ባለፈው እንደሰማሁት፣ የረጅም ርቀት አውቶብስ መናኸሪያዎች በሁሉም አቅጣጫ ባሉት የከተማይቱ መውጫ ቀበሌዎች
ውስጥ እንዲሰሩና፣ አሁን ያለው አውቶቡስ ተራ እንዲዘጋ እቅድ አለ የሚል ዜና ነበር። ዳሩ ግን፣ መናኸሪያዎቹ ቢሰሩም፣ መንገደኞችን በከተማዋና በጣቢያዎቹ መካከል የማመላለሻ ስልት ስላልተዘጋጀ ታክሲዎች አራትና አምስት እጥፍ እያስከፈሉ ህዝቡን እንደሚበድሉት ጽሁፍ አንብቤ ነበር። ይልሻል እንግዲህ፣ የግብር ይውጣ ስራ ማለት ይሄ ነው።
 

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If you do that, the people of Addis will shoot you....:)

Addis ababians line up and wait for hours to take a taxi or a bus from Arat Kilo to Piazza - complaining about the public transportation. Isn't that just a 15 minutes walk? How lazy can we get!:eek:hno:

Vildana,
Anyways, good idea & I think it is really quiet easy to do and achieve that!
:lol::lol::lol:
 

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Walta Documentary

The reportage shows you the sad state some people are living in as well as the new ongoing constructions. The suburbs in the end are just unbelievable.

The video is a little propaganda-ish though.

"እኔ እኼ መንግሥት ብዙ አድርጎልኛል። ወይኔ! እኔ ይኽንን መንግሥት በጣም ነው የምወደው። እምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምምጷ ለወያኔ።"

ዮኒ ይኼ ቪዲዮ የኢህአዴግ መቀስቀሻ ቪድዮ ነው። ልክ ይኼንን ሳይ አጠፋሁት።
 

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Walta Documentary

The reportage shows you the sad state some people are living in as well as the new ongoing constructions. The suburbs in the end are just unbelievable.

The video is a little propaganda-ish though.
Of course it's "propaganda-ish". Walta defines itself as "Based in Addis Ababa, Walta is pro-government news site. Includes news coverage from EPRDF point of view."

Pity, I like their logo.
 

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Transition from rural society to urban society

I just ran into this short article and thought I would share it.

Sebeta’s Tallest Building Costs 14.70 Br
Written by Fortune, Sunday, 5 September 2010
Monday, 06 September 2010

-Municipality contributes 3.6m Br towards building for former farmers, helps them to establish SMEs

The Sebeta Town Municipality has constructed a six-story commercial center for 14.7 million Br around the area commonly known as Yedrow Menaherya.

The building which is meant to generate income for the municipality is the tallest in the area and should spur local investors to engage in even taller and better construction, the municipality hopes.

The building covers an 833.49sqm area, while its premises measure 2, 151.18sqm area, while its premises measures 2, 151.18sqm.out of the 3,984.55aqm that is available for rent, Oromia International Bank (OIB) has already rented 103sqm of ground floor space for a monthly sum of 10,300Br.

The municipally will invite bids to rent the rest of the space, according to Gadissa Debela, administrator of the municipality.

“The bank has shown interest from the very beginning of the construction and followed each of the construction” he said.

The construction was undertaken by Mescon Construction PLC, with whom an agreement was assigned on March 4, 2008.Construction was delayed until September 2, 2009, because of the price of materials, according to Girum Chernet, manager of Mescon Construction. The consultant for the project was Shasho consulting Plc.

The municipality contributed 3.6 million Br out of the million Birr it cost to construct the three-storey building in Welete. The outstanding amount was raised by 470 farmers whose land had been given to developers to fulfill the town’s development plan.

The farmers raised their share of the money from the compensation they had been paid for their land. The municipality has no share in the ownership of the building.

“We made the contribution from the town’s revenues in order to help the farmers,” Gadissa said.

Two groups of farmers are also in the process of erecting their own buildings.

Each group has been given 1, 5000sqm of land by the main road, according to Gadissa.

Some former farmers have found it difficult to adjust to city life. A number of them have continued farming on spare plots on the outskirts of the town, while the municipality is preparing to organize them into small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to Gadissa.

The town has so far spent 87.4 million Br for the establishment of such businesses, Gadissa said.
http://www.icdconglobal.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6630&Itemid=30

Ethiopia will undergo some pretty fast urbanization in the next few decades and with it a lot of challenges will arise, such as, how to create employment. Urban living is very different than rural living so that transition is challenging.

What do you think is the government's role in this?
 

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City Plans Upgrades

The Addis Abeba City Administration plans to implement 14 new major renewal projects in six districts on close to 280ht of land as part of its Urban Development Plan for the 2010/11 fiscal year, while also upgrading previous development plans that were made under the Local Development Plan (LDP).

“These projects include major upgrading of underdeveloped areas in Lafto, Kirkos, Arada, and Lideta areas and some pockets of underdeveloped areas found in the relatively developed Bole and Yeka districts,” Anteneh Enchalew, head of Land and Urban Renewal Projects Studies, Design, and Implementation Follow-up Sub Process, told Fortune.

Although the city has been implementing renewal and development plans according to the LDP, the administration has adopted a new detailed Urban Development Plan. Under this plan, buildings have consistent plot usage, specified width according to the area they are located in, and specifications on parking lot usage, according to Anteneh.

The plan also entails specifications on how trash receptacles and street advertisements are placed. It also envisions to do away with digging on the city’s sidewalks by different authorities and to create an integrated approach to the laying of utility lines.

It aims to create cooperation between the Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation (EEPCo), Addis Abeba Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA), and Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) so they can implement their projects in a specific area at the same time, according to Anteneh.

In addition, the administration aims to undertake beautification of the city by planting trees and various plants as part of the Urban Development Plan. These details will be included in projects that had been planned during previous years but whose implementation will only take place this year.

Under the Land Development and Urban Renewal Plan (LDURP), the city Administration had planned to clear a total of 70ht for development in Lideta, Kirkos, and Arada districts in the 2010/11 fiscal year. This was in addition to the 120ht planned to be cleared in 2009/10 fiscal year that is yet to be implemented.

“The detailed Urban Development Plan will be implemented in the renewal of Basha Wolde Chelot area in Arada District,” said Anteneh told Fortune about the area which the city started clearing two weeks ago.


By EDEN SAHLE
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER
Hope the work gets done, so don't need a Urban Renewal Plan 2.0 next year that "plans" to implement these two previous plans. :)

Also, do anyone remember the name of that Swiss company that was contracted to do a urban planning for Addis?
 
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