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Title:Urban development in Tanzania: some legal and policy problems
Author:Mwaikusa, J.T.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:urban planning
urban development
Urban policy
Abstract:Most of the big towns in Tanzania share the characteristics of the 'colonial city'. They did not grow up spontaneously but were founded and developed essentially to play an important role in the process of colonial domination. Colonial interests were similarly served by developing one urban centre, usually the capital, at the expense of other urban centres in the regions and districts. Developments within the colonial city itself, such as spatial layout, residential zoning, and the provision of housing and services, were also planned and directed according to the dictates of colonial interests. This colonial background is relevant in analysing current urban problems in Tanzania. The independent government appears to be following similar policies in many respects and so far has done little to reverse the inherited trends. This is evident in the domain of urban land use and development, in the continuing importance given to Dar es Salaam as the capital city, in the extent of control exercised by the central government over local government authorities, in the disregard for adequate housing provision, and in the government's excessively centralist policy despite its declared commitment to democratic participation. Notes, ref.