Accra mayor’s low-tech remedy for easing sidewalk congestion
Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has drawn a line that he doesn’t want crossed. Victoria Okoye reports for Africa Rizing that the mayor ordered red boundaries to be painted on sidewalks to create a special zone for vendors.
Pedestrians stay on one side while street entrepreneurs manning food stalls and kiosks remain on the other. The goal, the mayor says, was to find a simple solution to unclog impassable sidewalks.
During an appearance at The Atlantic’s CityLab 2015 summit in London, the mayor explained that the red line made a big difference immediately. But some residents of Accra are skeptical about the new policy, Okoye writes. They note that the presence of police officers — rather than freshly painted lines — appears to explain compliance by vendors. The boundaries also are limited to only a handful of sidewalks and the paint is already beginning to fade.
Click here for a video of Mayor Vanderpuije’s remarks at the CityLab Summit.