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Megaprojects in Addis Ababa Raise Questions about Ethiopia’s Spatial Justice and Urban Design

A country’s architecture is always a reflection of its politics. In Ethiopia, major infrastructure projects are reshaping Addis Ababa with gleaming new residential properties and a revitalized riverfront, all of which are intended to spruce up the capital, enhance land values, and create jobs.  What worries some, however, is that the focus of development is a marked departure from the past. In prior administrations, projects were undertaken to uplift the poor, but the latest are targeted toward urban elites.