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A survivor Italian house in the historical neighbourhood of Piazza, near Churchill Avenue

Anna Positano, Addis Ababa, 2013.  Top:-  A survivor Italian house in the historical neighbourhood of Piazza, near Churchill Avenue. The slums were torn down in order to make space for new modern buildings. Above: La Gare, railway station. Originally called “Compagnie du Chemin de Fer Franco-Ethiopien”, the Ethio-Djibouti Railway that used to link the port of Djibouti to Addis Ababa has not been working since 2006

Despite the importance of urban development, there are still unsolved contradictions within society and questions rise about the sustainability of modernization. In Addis Ababa too many citizens do not have access to drinkable water, health cover and education. A large part of the population live in slums, which cover 80% of the overall built surface. New infrastructures are planned without any regard to natural or urban surroundings. Water and air pollution is an issue, and yet there are no strong environmental policies.

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