A city without parks

Salambo in Addis

Addis used to be a green city full of lush gardens and flowers, with tall palm trees, thriving avocado trees, forever-purple jacaranda trees, deep red and fuchsia bongainvilles, aloe vera plants, etc…..All these gardens are fast disappearing with the current urban development plan, entirely focused on building as many tall concrete towers as possible. Any remaining green area is seen by avid property developers as a potential building and consequent return-on-investment. It seems that the country has been blinded by the construction fever. In the current urban plan, no green area has been included, on the contrary even the remaining parks are being destroyed.

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Such is the case with Tropical Gardens in Bole, one of my favourite park or garden in the city. Tropical Gardens is a popular venue for jazz concerts and music festivals as well as the bi-annual Artisan Bazaar. It is a little green oasis in a…

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