2 Eko Eco-Motive Bridge: Merging Traffic and the Economy
Fom, Alexandra Garos
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (p.165-166).
Throughout history, street vending has served as a major source of exchange and commerce. This practice has help to secure the livelihood for many citizens of developing countries. Similar to their business counterparts situated in permanent locations, street vending is a major financial force that keeps many national and local economies vibrant, while helping to foster significant social change. These factors corroborate the knowledge that although not fully recognized in some places, and at times frowned upon; the status of street vending does not render its societal importance any less vital than other economical or social systems. This system is most evident in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria’s financial Capitol Lagos, is perpetually plagued by the inadequate infrastructure needed to accommodate the system of street vending. Therefore, this system places unusual mandates on leaders to accommodate the vendors, and their customer’s avid demand for services.
To accomplish this, society and its leaders must comprehend the importance of street vending in their respective countries, and work diligently to ensure that there is a clear understanding of its importance, and the need to provide spaces and structures to accommodate vending. With this understanding, the government can then be poised to enhance the system, and help to improve the services, commodities and productivity of the society. By giving vendors their own space and gaining enough understanding of their actions, the government will also be equipped to impose small taxes aimed to expand the financial base of the society. As a result, the Eko Bridge will be used as the point where specialized commerce and commuting space can be designated for the smooth flowing of one of Lagos’ principal areas of commerce. This will position the city to gain a substantial economic boost, as well as de-clutter the saturated roads of the city. If successful, this project will help eradicate some of the debilitating problems affecting Nigeria.
CHAIR: Munilla, Fernando
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