|bye bye flower beds|
The city lives, the city evolves and evolution is sometimes synonymous with sudden and harsh transformation.
Lagos is being cleaned-up by an initiative called Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), perhaps with the hope that with a few kicks in the butt it could become as orderly and charming as Switzerland under the tropics.
Well that is a tall order for a city where informal is the norm and where survival mode is a way of life. But it would be retrograde to think that things can't change for the better. For instance creation of taxi parks for buses off the side of the road can remedy traffic jams as proved by the one created at the exit of Third Mainland Bridge when one reaches the mainland. Before its creation, buses and mini-buses were struggling and overflowing on the express way to let passengers embark and disembark under the directions of the touts shouting the destination of the buses. This was creating heavy traffic jams on the bridge. Now it seems that things have improved a bit. Perhaps also as a result of the fuel price increase a few month ago, which prompted drivers to put less fuel in their cars and henceforth be less on the road.
|a new Ikoyi will be born|
|take what you can before it is too late|
On Glover road, in Ikoyi, all flower-beds (plant nurseries set-up on the side of the road) have now been displaced. Instead what used to be a manicured green space is now bare ground strewn plastic water sachets plastic.
|protected hairdresser, for how long?|
My driver was commenting that as all roadside food stalls were being removed, ordinary workers did not have a place to eat anymore. So they were thinking of getting someone from the compound to start cooking for them as couldn't afford buying food in a supermarket or a restaurant (provided there was one nearby).
The underlying question is what will happen to all those people who made a living on the side of the street in downtown Lagos if they can't make a living there anymore? What will they do? Where will they go?