West Ridge: Production of a financial district in Accra.

Authors: Ian Yeboah*, Miami University
Topics: Africa, Urban Geography, Economic Geography
Keywords: production of space, globalization, peripheral linkage
Session Type: Paper
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West Ridge in Accra Ghana was produced as a residential enclave for colonial administrators and subsequently became part of the residential base for senior administrators after independence. Under globalization’s regime of accumulation, the locality is being produced a new to serve as the financial district of the country. This paper maps the transformation of West Ridge based on a ground truthing of its current land use. The emerging financial district is based on a placemaking of large projects that have resulted in a number of high-rise buildings that are new to urban Ghana. The paper also attempts to interpret the new financial district in terms of the continued peripheral linkage of Ghana under capitalist expansion and the unwillingness of global capital to bear the overhead cost of extracting wealth. In this regard, a vacuum has been created for semi-peripheral, peripheral and state capital to serve the financial needs of global capital in its extractive exploitation of the country and this has manifested in the high-rise buildings in West Ridge.

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