Globablizing City: Urban and Economic Transformation of by Richard Grant

By Richard Grant

As urbanization of the world's inhabitants grows at an ever-increasing velocity, the necessity to comprehend the results of globalization on towns is on the vanguard of city experiences. conventional scholarship principally employs a framework of research in keeping with the globablizing event of Western towns. In Globalizing urban, Richard furnish attracts on ten years of empirical examine in Accra, Ghana's capital urban, to teach how this African city is as deeply remodeled via globalization because the towns of different international areas. supply finds the ways that foreign, transnational, and native forces are working at the city panorama of Accra, from elite gated groups to the poorest slums. via interviews and broad box paintings, he examines how international businesses, lower back expatriates, and local Ghanaians foster globalization on a number of degrees. Globalizing urban bargains a good case research of the advanced social and fiscal dynamics that experience remodeled Accra, supplying a vital consultant for learning globalizing towns normally.

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Adm i n i strative and m i l ­ itary fu nctions i n t h e area were taken over b y t h e national government . New large domestic compan ies favored a location in this area, leadi ng to a steadily growing corporate density and a large nu mber of domestically control led companies . In addition , the area was nationali zed i n a symbolic sense with the location of a newly established central bank and state -con­ trol led companies. Third , the former native CBD ( N ative Town) became even more charac­ terized by small -scale businesses, as larger companies moved to the emerging national CBD (the former European CBD).

Over one ­ half of all firms in Accra were engaged in cocoa trade by 1930 ( Brand 1972a, 1 0 5 ) . Accra continued to develop as a warehouse city rather than a factory city throughout the rest of the colonial period . National: From 1957 until 1982 Accra was shaped by nationalist eco­ nomic policies. The Nkrumah government promoted the capital city as a growth pole tor the national economy, and successive administrations all prioritized building up the infrastructure of Accra i n national development planning (AMA 1999).

It contains the second highest concentration of Ghanaian- controlled companies of any business d istrict in Accra and a small number of foreign companies, many of which were among the fi rst foreign companies to be established in Ghana. S econd, the area labeled "Central Accra" i ncludes Adabraka, Tudu , and Asylum Down. Correspond i ng to the old Native Town from the colonial era, it contains Makola Market, the largest market in the city, the most crowded commercial area in the city, and the focus of most commuter trips within the city.

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