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Title:Urban planning in Tanzania at the cross roads
Author:Mosha, A.C.
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:urban planning
City planning
urban environment
Local planning
Abstract:Town planning and urban management in Tanzania seem to be on the wrong footing. Both local authorities and the government have excellent ideas but implementation seems to be lax and sometimes nonexistent. This paper outlines Tanzania's planning practice over the past 10 years in order to highlight problems of management of urban development. The present total mess of the urban environment has been caused by the following factors: poor town planning and poor enforcement of development control; poor urban design; lack of construction standards; the use of out-dated planning legislation; the mushrooming of kiosks; lack of control of advertisements using media such as billboards and neon signs; lack of parking space; lack of public facilities such as seating benches, shady trees, public telephones; insufficient conservation of historic buildings; lack of maintenance of the urban fabric; scarcity of building land; double allocation of plots. Among the main reasons for the inappropriate urban development are lack of finances, manpower, and equipment. The author concludes with suggestions to improve the situation.