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Urban planning law in Liberia: the case for a transformational approach

McAuslan, Patrick (2011) Urban planning law in Liberia: the case for a transformational approach. Urban Forum 22 (3), pp. 283-297. ISSN 1015-3802.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12132-011-9122-0

Abstract

This article discusses the need for a fundamental rethinking of urban planning in Liberia with special reference to Monrovia, the capital. Liberia is a post-conflict country and is facing a multitude of problems. One is the very rapid urbanisation of the country. Well over 50% of the population live in urban areas, and over one million people—one third of the population—live in Monrovia, for the most part in informal ‘illegal’ settlements with few facilities. Despite land issues being acknowledged as in need of being tackled as a matter of urgency, little has been done by the Johnson-Sirleaf government since it came to power in 2006. What is needed and what this article argues for is a plan for the development of Monrovia based on the Right to the City with residents given clear rights to land and to participate in the governance of their city. The approach is denominated as a transformational one, taking its inspiration from van der Walt’s approach set out in his Property in the Margins. The need for and the outline of an Urban Transformation Act are set out in the article which concludes with a warning that it cannot be supposed that the residents of Monrovia will continue indefinitely to put up with their very poor living conditions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Liberia, Urban, Land, Planning, Transformation
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 08:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4841

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