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Title:The limitations of spatial engineering
Author:Okafor, S.I.
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:centre and periphery
physical planning
Abstract:The decision to locate jobs, schools, housing and other facilities in one place or area rather than another has implications for spatial patterns of accessibility and social well-being. Using examples from Nigeria, this paper highlights some of the negative impacts as well as the limitations of spatial planning instruments. There is ample evidence that urban and regional development differentially benefit and afflict different people and places. On balance, the negative impacts of physical development tend to be regressive: the poor and other disadvantaged groups bear a disproportionate share of the burdens of development. The main reason for this is the fact that the underlying causes of the problems of disadvantaged areas are structural. The existence of 'cores' and 'peripheries' is central to capitalist development. Tinkering with space cannot change this reality. There are limits to what spatial engineering can achieve in a capitalist or mixed economy like that of Nigeria. Bibliogr.