In other countries, it is understood that the intention of terrorists is to make crowded spaces “empty” – to terrorise the public into retreating inwards in fear. But in Nairobi, where inclusive, truly public spaces have long been “designed” out, where the attack happened in one of the most insulated, formidable-looking, closed-off, “safest” places, the horror of urban terror attacks runs deeper.
Fifty-five years after independence, Nairobi's urban planning still privileges the well-heeled motorists over the walking poor. This, as PATRICK GATHARA explains, is rooted in colonial policy.
The demolition of structures in Kibera to pave way for “development” has left in its wake shattered lives, broken dreams and a bitter distaste for Kenya’s politicians and institutions. By DAUTI KAHURA
The brutal and illegal evictions of Nairobi’s poor to make way for infrastructure demonstrates that the city remains true to its colonial origins as a space for the elite. Is Kenya sacrificing humanity for development? BY APRIL ZHU
“The people are the city.” – Citizens in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus At the crack of dawn, roughly between 5a.m and 7a.m, the “Great Trek” in Nairobi begins. Hordes of security guards, domestic workers, office cleaners, factory workers, vegetable hawkers, office messengers and jua kali artisans, among others, start their journey to work – on foot. […]