Conscious People with limited effort: A geospatial analysis of local perception of the livability of Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana

Authors: Alex Owusu*, University of Ghana
Topics: Africa, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Geospatial Analysis, Livable City, Accra Metropolitan Area, Local Perception
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This study examined the spatial differences in people’s perception of livability of Accra metropolitan Area, the capital city of Ghana. Respondents were sampled from high class, middle class, low class, and mixed residential neighborhoods. The study finds that 90% of the respondents across the entire metropolitan area are worried about the cities livability. Low class and mixed neighborhoods cited frequent diseases and insect vectors, floods, poor drains, and stinks as their livability concerns. Residents of high class neighborhoods like East Legon, Airport residential, and spintex road rather worries about frequent armed robberies, traffic congestion, and bad roads. Interestingly, residents of middle class and mixed neighborhoods expressed concerns similar to the once indicated by high and low classes but also included noise and heat. In addition, they also expressed worries about limited Government efforts towards making the city livable. On the other hand, government officials bemoaned lack of citizens’ participation and support towards government efforts to make the city livable. For example, citizens clean their houses and dump their waste in gutters and on the street. Again, citizens spend huge sums of money to build new houses but will not contribute towards construction of access roads. Solving these problem seem impossible as any attempt on the part of government is interpreted and used by political opposition to score political points whiles voters threat to vote out the ruling Government. The study concludes that conscious people living in Accra are not making smart decisions, which has affected the livability of Accra.

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