African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares?

@article{Watson2014AfricanUF,
  title={African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares?},
  author={V. Watson},
  journal={Environment & Urbanization},
  year={2014},
  volume={26},
  pages={215 - 231}
}
  • V. Watson
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • Environment & Urbanization
Labelled as the “last frontier” for international property development, sub-Saharan Africa’s larger cities are currently being revisioned in the image of cities such as Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore, which claim top positions in the world-class city leagues. Draped in the rhetoric of “smart cities” and “eco-cities”, these plans promise to modernize African cities and turn them into gateways for international investors and showpieces for ambitious politicians. Yet the reality in all of these… Expand
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