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Smart growth ; can there be an African version?

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Smart growth strategies utilized in the Global North may be unsuitable for the Global South. My question: is the concept transferrable? If planners were to find ourselves trying to untangle and plan sustainability for teeming cities in the global south, would the Smart Growth concepts apply? This paper studies six main concepts of the Smart Growth movement and places them in a new context; in the Tanzanian cities of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Dodoma and the ancient Stonetown of Zanzibar. Due to the extreme poverty and agrarian base of the society, urban agriculture is both a promise and a problem. I will explain why best practice is such an important issue and challenge assumptions that are problematic. Both primary research during May-June 2007 and related publications will be used to support my argument.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Sustainable urban development--Tanzania; Sustainable urban development--Zanzibar; Urban agriculture--Tanzania; Urban agriculture--Zanzibar

Geographic Coverage

Tanzania; Zanzibar

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Abstracts

Session

Urban Geographies

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English

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Smart growth ; can there be an African version?

Smart growth strategies utilized in the Global North may be unsuitable for the Global South. My question: is the concept transferrable? If planners were to find ourselves trying to untangle and plan sustainability for teeming cities in the global south, would the Smart Growth concepts apply? This paper studies six main concepts of the Smart Growth movement and places them in a new context; in the Tanzanian cities of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Dodoma and the ancient Stonetown of Zanzibar. Due to the extreme poverty and agrarian base of the society, urban agriculture is both a promise and a problem. I will explain why best practice is such an important issue and challenge assumptions that are problematic. Both primary research during May-June 2007 and related publications will be used to support my argument.