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Accra’s June 3rd Floods: Looking Back to Move Forward

Accra’s June 3rd Floods: Looking Back to Move Forward

The Urban Platform of Ghana is a network of professionals and enthusiasts with interests in urban development in Ghana’s cities and good urban development practices globally. The Platform brings together knowledge, experience and contributions from more than 170 professionals with discussions, debates and information sharing. […]

Schools prepare for Independence Day, Ghana style [video]

Schools prepare for Independence Day, Ghana style [video]

As March 6th approaches, in schools all over the country, teachers and students prepare for the infamous Independence Day parades. A celebrated ritual of patriotism on national days, children file along roads, marching in line to music in synchronized steps. Here’s a short video of […]

On clean drinking water in Lagos: Many options, few solutions

On clean drinking water in Lagos: Many options, few solutions

In Lagos, the systemic challenges facing urban water infrastructure affect each and everyone, from the wealthy oga in his corner office on Victoria Island to the impoverished beggar eking out his subsistence on a walkway in one of the city’s slums. While all are affected, the degree […]

In Accra, people and their bikes create a subculture

In Accra, people and their bikes create a subculture

A 2010 World Bank study on Accra  estimated that only 1 to 4 percent of people in the city ride bicycles, whether to work, to school, to shopping activities, or for leisure. According to an earlier study by the Centre for Cycling Expertise, a Ghana-based, non-profit […]

Why we should stop talking about legalizing gay marriage and start talking about civil unions for all

Why we should stop talking about legalizing gay marriage and start talking about civil unions for all

This is an editorial and a notable detour from my usual urbanism-related articles.  It was only a few days ago that American President Barack Obama made another first by declaring his political support for gay marriage in the United States. As expected, this move that […]

On the long, long life of a plastic bag

On the long, long life of a plastic bag

I stumbled upon this greatly thought-provoking video on the longevity of plastic shopping bags (“rubbers”), pollution and environmental impacts. The video, aptly titled Plastic Bag, is a short biography; for 18 minutes, viewers see plastic bags from their own perspective, and we follow one’s journey […]

When It Comes to African Wax Prints, Buying Local, Thinking Global Isn’t As Easy As You Think

When It Comes to African Wax Prints, Buying Local, Thinking Global Isn’t As Easy As You Think

GTP and ATL African wax prints on sale at Kaneshie Market, Accra, Ghana When many think of African fabrics, the first thing that comes to mind is wax prints: the brightly colored, geometric, symbolic designs on fabric sported by Africans and those living inside (and more and […]