Urban presence and uncertain futures in African cities
Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos
cities across the continent. A dismal science that draws on the medium- and long-term imperatives of a utilitarian calculus to make a case for the rationalisation of the future African metropolis. If cities in Africa can be made to look more like the successful engines of growth in other parts of the world, then majoritarian prosperity and economic development (however benefits are distributed) will follow.
In the post-ColdWar decades, such science may have escaped the juxtaposition of development models that owed their legitimacy either to