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25 · october · 2019

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Citified, the monthly newsletter by the Lagos Urban Development Initiative. We are passionate about how we as citizens can live in a Lagos we love, and to make this happen we must ensure that we have a voice when decisions are being made about our communities, our neighborhoods, and our city.

This month we are focusing on Housing in Lagos. The housing shortage in the city is acute. Let's say Lagos is made up of 20 million people, estimates say the number of people living in slums and informal settlements ranges from 6.6 million people to 14 million people. The higher range would be the 75th most populated country on the planet. 

This month's newsletter will discuss the current state of housing in the city, and what the future could hold.

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh
Executive Director

What does Housing Currently look Like in Lagos?

"The shortage of affordable housing in Lagos accounts for a significant portion of the national housing deficit. This deficit is both quantitative and qualitative." The qualitative aspect leads some to call it a living nightmare.

Forced Evictions: A Continuing Subjugation of the Poor

The urban poor, especially those living in slum communities, are relentlessly evicted from their homes, while the ruling class inhabits a world of privilege and comfort. 

The Climate Crisis will further worsen the Quality of Life in the City

More intense rainfall coupled with rising sea levels mean the very existence of a lot of communities in the city is threatened.

A New Rent Model is One of a Few Proposed Solutions

Monthly rent payments lower the burden that annual or bi-annual payment systems can bring, but questions still linger over the openness of landlords towards these ideas. Some start-ups are championing this idea, but some say the onus

The Slum Model could be a Viable Solution

"The first insight is that slums usually occupy significantly smaller living spaces than you can find anywhere else. This divvying up of space in ways that conventional developers do not is one of the reasons that slums remain affordable."

Lagos Urban Network Events 

Join us for our fifth Bridge Series talk of the year! Episode 5 is themed "Real Urban Governance" and we are going to examine this topic with a focus on Lagos, while looking at the role of state and customary authorities in the city's leadership and development. Our speaker is Dr. Lindsay Sawyer, an urban researcher who uses comparative methods to study urbanization in Lagos from the ground upwards. Food and refreshments are always served!

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You Need to Read These

The architect who constructs buildings with recyclable materials [Guardian]

Want to design a sidewalk? Consider these 8 principles [The City Fix]

Hey, buses do not deserve all the flak they get [CityLab]

Old but gold: A lesson on "Transferring" in public transit [Human Transit

London is doing the right things. Let's all be like London [The City Fix

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