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By Richard Grant

As urbanization of the world's inhabitants grows at an ever-increasing speed, the necessity to comprehend the results of globalization on towns is on the vanguard of city stories. conventional scholarship mostly employs a framework of study in accordance with the globablizing event of Western towns. In Globalizing urban, Richard furnish attracts on ten years of empirical study in Accra, Ghana's capital urban, to teach how this African city is as deeply remodeled by way of globalization because the towns of alternative international areas. furnish unearths the ways that overseas, transnational, and native forces are working at the city panorama of Accra, from elite gated groups to the poorest slums. via interviews and vast box paintings, he examines how international businesses, lower back expatriates, and local Ghanaians foster globalization on a number of degrees. Globalizing urban deals a very good case examine of the complicated social and financial dynamics that experience reworked Accra, delivering an important consultant for learning globalizing towns typically.

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Most of the buildings of the colonial administration and military bases were located in the im mediate vici nity. Slu m clearing took place, and the Brit­ ish attempted to superimpose rectangular-style patterns as a morphological variation on the existing unplanned city ( B rand l 9 72a). Second , adjacent to the port area was a wel l-defined European central busi ness district (CBD) that fu nctioned as the designated location for for­ eign compa nies . Most econom ic activities in this Eu ropean commercial area involved trade, distribution , transport, banking, and insurance .

The second episode during the colonial period involved the B ritish con­ solidation of power on the Gold Coast in 1 874, when they defeated the Ashantis. The rise of Accra as an urban center dates to 1 8 77, when the colonial headquarters were relocated there from Cape Coast (Acquah 1 9 5 7 ) . Accra was chosen as the site of the colonial administration for a number of reasons, prominent among them were health issues ( specifically securing the health of the European residents ) as well as geographical and strategic concerns (Accra G L O B A L I Z I N G F ROM A B O V E 21 was the geographical center of gravity tor the UK colony and located near the prime meridian, which runs through present-day Tema).

Instead, I contend that global pressures have resulted in more tensions, and in some instances, it is modifying traditional practices. For example, in the family domain, individuals in a globalizing city may tilt toward prioriti zing nuclear as opposed to extended fam i ly units. I n the business arena, enterprises may lean toward relying more on foreign capital than on local. I n the housing environment, global knowledge about real estate products and trends may infl uence local housing tastes toward private , single -family dwelling u nits over traditional multifamily dwelling u n its .

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