When most people think of settling down for the first time, everyone thinks of cities. And the reasons are pretty simple and justified. Cities are self-sufficient entities. The facilities are much better than in the country side. Basic necessities are satiated in the cities. There are more jobs in the city, as cities are the hubs of commercialization and industrialization. The major work of the second and third sectors of an economy happens in cities. The city dwellers generally constitute the intelligentsia too. All of this makes city life very convenient and much like a dream for a majority of people. Or at least this was the case before the advent of this century.
As the modern cities with their promised pleasures of an easy life are deteriorating and the living conditions are going below the habitable levels, cities are slowly becoming these blips of crowded areas between stretches of free land, with their high rise building and vertical growth, they offer their riches only to the rich while the poor are left wondering what exactly bought them to the city. However, whatever maybe the ground realities of conditions in cities, they still continue to lure major chunks of population towards them, making the population of these areas grown at a tremendous rate. Here is the list of Top ten failed commercial cities of the world. Cities which could not deliver what they promised and where the hygiene, basic necessities and spaces continue to shrink, making us wonder how long the rest of the cities around the world can keep their fate away.
10.Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Abidjan is has the third largest population of French speakers. It was the former capital of Ivory Coast and continues to be an important commercial center. Many areas in Abidjan are popular hubs from tourists from around the world but since the 1999s the general economic crisis in the Ivory Coast has led to a situation of social unrest. Negligence on the part of officials and widespread corruption too has become a source of trouble. In 2006 there was mass poisoning of people in Abidjan due to a polluting industry dumping wastes in landfills creating inevitable drama.
9. Detroit, USA
Detroit, contrary to popular belief isn’t being pushed to bankruptcy only because of the bad policy making that the leaders have exhibited, but rather cause since the many corruption scandals the general mood and the feel of a city has been of a destitute. Failing local factories and outsourcing of work has led to a standstill economically. When the city declared Bankruptcy, the emergency manager appointed by Michigan said the only thing people can blame Detroit’s unfortunate fate to the poor planning. With the crime rates soaring sky high and companies refusing to invest capital in a city where living conditions have been doomed since the 70s, it was but natural for Detroit to eventually fall.
8. Tripoli, Libya
Tripoli has been a major commercial center in Middle East, this was until the beginning of the civil crisis in the Gaddafi regime, during and after which Tripoli has fizzled out many lists such as this one. With the black market emerging in full during the civil unrest and the Libyan dinar to dollar ratio shooting up, the commercial activities in Tripoli came to a stand still which has given way to a lot of crime and medical problems in and around the city. Tourism too has taken a push back and the streets are loitered with unemployed looking for cheap work to do.
7. Karachi, Pakistan
Karachi is Pakistan’s major commercial center, but with the situations of civil unrest building up along with majorly bad policy making on part of the Pakistani government, the living and business conditions in Karachi are getting worse by the day. Law-enforcement has received a major set back with increase in the number of people being murdered during various protests and terrorist attacks. The government expresses deep concerns on the various issues related to peace and security but that’s just about all they do, no concrete actions have been taken to improve the situation.
6. Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby
Unfortunately the decades after Papua New Guinea got its independence in the 70s, the capital, Port Moresby has been a site of major gang wars and street crimes. With presence of an organized gang, raskols, the unemployment rates are soaring to as high as 60%. The education system is in pieces with the gangs recruiting young children with increases the dropout rate. The city is beautiful and had a flourishing tourism sector but with the crimes on rise, few tourist centers and places of attraction are still in proper condition.
5. Dhaka, Bangladesh
As a relatively stable political condition exists in Dhaka, people from around Bangladesh have come to city looking for work and commerce which it initially did provide without any hassle. But in the course of time the multistory buildings have all become frail and are a source of city’s general bad hygiene and health. With people still flooding in, looking for work which Dhaka can no longer provide given its exponential increase in the population, Dhaka has become almost in-habitable in the recent years.
4. Algiers, Algeria
Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria. The country possess a rich history right from 900 A.D but since 1990s Algeria has been subject to a number of political upheavals and has a history of local terrorist groups which have been active since the 2000s. The economic impact of this is multi-fold. Not only the infrastructural damage but the burn down of hospitals, unavailability of goods and recreational activities has halted investment, though foreigners are still living in and around Algiers due to it’s historical richness.
Cameroon due to the oil resources it possess is one of the relatively well-off countries in the African continent but the bad weather conditions are a threat to a business which isn’t as flourishing as it should be. Doula used to be a well ordered city till the 80s before the political unrest in the country, during which the buildings and a lot of other infrastructure was burnt to the ground. Of these mutilated buildings some have been partially reconstructed while others are being used in their half-destroyed state, which gives the city a feeling of desolation. The International Monetary Fund has been pressing Douala for more reforms and has as of yet successfully passed through the legislative process for better electricity sources and power supply.
2. Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city. The Medical facilities and the living conditions are below average in Lagos. The political and social instability often lead to the threat of being caught up in the much common sectarian violence. Located in one of the Largest countries in Africa, even though Lagos in the recent time has come to accommodate a moderate skyline yet all the efforts made by the government to modernize the city is met by a strong opposition and unwillingness of people to accommodate changes in the way they live. The culture is slowly seeping away from the city and finding recluse in the rural areas, the infrastructure is raw and unmaintained accounting for severe sanitary conditions in many areas including the sectors where the business is supposed to be flourishing.
1. Harare, Zimbabwe
Conditions in Harare are going from bad to worse every day. With chronic food shortages and inflation rates rising up and creating a state of dystopia, Harare has been ranked by many international newsletters as the worst city in the world. Commercially the unemployment rates are sky high, with wages have been plummeted. With economic decline, the condition of social despair is majorly prevalent and is unlikely to change under the current conditions. Empty homes and unpainted and dented buildings mark the general architecture and infrastructure of the city.