PRESCIENT PALLIATIVES


PRESCIENT PALLIATIVES

A road around Cassanchis area receives a quick fix as renovation projects ramp up across the capital. Despite the rarity of cement in the country and inflationary headwinds, road renovations have progressed unimpeded in most parts of Addis Abeba. Nocturnal construction workers are increasingly becoming a staple of the night as the capital's road authority juggles increasing vehicle numbers and limited infrastructure. The Ministry of Transport & Logistics has recently signalled a possible restriction on private automobiles allowed to operate during rush hours in a bid to increase public transport traffic flow. Even though Ethiopia only has around 1.5 million vehicles roaming the country, an underdeveloped road infrastructure gives the appearance of being overburdened by cars.


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SIDELINED STRIKES

The 'Vintage' bowling alley at the historic Genet Hotel near the Le Gare Railway Station remains vibrant after nearly six decades. Recent evaluations of 64 hotels nationwide had surprising results, with nearly half the establishments not meeting the assessment criteria. Seven hotels received four-star ratings, while none qualified for a five-star tag. The Ministry of Tourism evaluated multiple cities nationwide despite higher ratings being mostly concentrated in the capital. Ethiopia's tourism i...


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MYSTICAL NOTATIONS

Orthodox Christian scribes etch religious writings on traditional parchments (Birana) at the Ghion Hotel on Ras Desta Damtew St. The 10 day exhibition by the Hamere Berhan Institute featured various paintings and writings with uniquely Ethiopian overtones. The parchments, pens and inks are all prepared at the institute in the Piazza District. Goatskins are tightly stretched over metal frames to dry for days before being immersed in water to make the parchments. Several ancient manuscripts in the...


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PANORAMIC PEEKS

An all-white building peaks across the street around the Flamingo area after renovations conclude on the main road. Addis Abeba's roads have broadened as the high-profile corridor development project progresses to accommodate more pedestrians and bicycle lanes. The capital's metamorphosis into a 'smart city' has entailed much more than transforming its roads and public spaces to include its cars and motorbikes. A green electric current pulsates underneath the ebbing flow of change, ever more app...


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