VOLTAIC TRAMPLES


VOLTAIC TRAMPLES

Electric power lines lying around the Mexico roundabout threaten to trip over pedestrians right next to the state-owned enterprise in charge of administering it. Nearly half of the Ethiopian populace lacks access to the national electric grid despite the country producing north of 5,000MW of energy. The construction of distribution lines which requires millions of dollars has historically been funded by development partners like the World Bank. Even with Ethiopia exporting energy to neighbouring Kenya, Djibouti and Sudan, it still lacks an adequate distribution infrastructure domestically.


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FADING FLAVORS

A historic building around Piazza area that housed restaurant Castelli within its walls is undergoing renovations. Its story dates back to the Italian occupation. Piazza, meaning "open square" in Italian, was imposed as the name by Mussolini's forces during their 1930s occupation of Addis Abeba, particularly the Arada District. Piazza has thrived as a centre of commerce and culture until the ongoing development project which has resulted in the demolition of some areas. Few buildings such as...


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TOTTERING TOWERS

A hurried renovation transpires on a conjoined pair of small buildings around the Mercato area. Many old buildings in the vast marketplace are remnants of shops built by Yemeni merchants who relocated from the old Arada area in the 1930s. The area has a thriving informal sector economy from which thousands earn daily bread. According to studies by the Centre for International Private Enterprise, nearly one-sixth of Ethiopia's urban employment is in the informal sector. Some studies have esti...


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SOULFUL SIDEWALKS

A row of seats and plastic water bottles await followers of the Islamic faith for preparatory 'Udu' proceedings around the Bethel area. The closely parked minibus taxis and shops right across also await customers on the cloudy Thursday afternoon. An aesthetic reformation ambitiously being pursued by the City administration will see fewer and fewer cars on the street as parking permits become part of the urban automobile experience. Ample walking and cycling space is p...


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