When you see the picture of Barcelona, Spain, you are amazed. It is a crisscrossing intersection of roads, once cutting into another in geometrical perfection. The buildings are arranged in such perfection too. No blocked pathways. Spaces t break the concrete jungle are also catered for.
Umoja Estate too, in the 1970s and 1980s was supposed to have exit and entry roads cutting through the state with clarity.
However, in the 90s and 2000s to today, buildings come up everywhere everyday, most of them sit on roads that would make it easy for personal cars to enter and exit the estate, or better still Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs) and fire engines to serve the estate better.
In Umoja Estate, all the marked play grounds and small ‘parks’ have been taken up.
In the continuing series, the second part of the Consider demolishing these buildings in Umoja Estate standing on road reserve, we showcase building that sit on exit and entry roads in Umoja 1 – A area.
Imagine a well planned Umoja where vehicles, both PSV and private move freely; garbage trucks can access every inch of the estate and even fire trucks can access and put out fires.Umoja News editor
The road that cuts between Umoja Health Centre, the Assumption of Mary Catholic Church has an abrupt ending. There’s an imposing old building at the end that is blocking the exit and entry into this are.
Just after you leave the main gate to Umoja 1 Primary, there’s a left turn that enters into the road shown below; the road ends abruptly because a building stands on it way. The building it adjacent to the building that houses the famous HornBill Pub, Kenchic and other businesses.
This is now in innercore, the green building made of iron sheets is a church that has potentially blocked the road that would lead into the one that comes from the Umoja Mutua Butchery and runs up to Moi Drive Umoja 2 Market.
What if Umoja Estate was well planed in the same fashion as the Barcelona City in Spain as seen in the first picture on this article?
Think about it.
In the ongoing regeneration and reconstruction or facelifting of Nairobi, the country and national government’s should consider reorganising these.
Covering news about Eastlands especially Umoja, Kayole and Buruburu estates