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Title:Harare 10 Years On
Authors:Gervais-Lambony, Marie-AnneISNI
Gervais-Lambony, PhilippeISNI
Periodical:Eastern and Southern Africa Geographical Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:urban planning
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Harare (Zimbabwe)
Low cost housing
Urban policy
Abstract:After ten years of independence in Zimbabwe it is possible to review the transformations Harare, the country's capital, has undergone. How did the city change as a result of the switch from a legal system of racial segregation to the present model? This article makes an assessment of the postindependence evolution of the Zimbabwean capital by examining Harare's urban structure, urban policy, and housing for the poor. After the abolition of legislation of a racist nature, State policy has consisted partly in the construction of new residential areas intended for the poorest group who could not purchase houses in the former white areas. However, the urban model has not changed fundamentally. The city of Harare is still divided into two, the townships are now called 'high-density areas' and remain much as they were ten years ago. The former European areas ('low-density areas') have been preserved. No cheap housing has been built there, and there has been no attempt to increase the density of habitation. It seems that a gap exists between urban policy and reality. This gap is one of the factors which makes it difficult for the public authorities to cope with the current housing crisis. Bibliogr., notes., sum.