If the goal of urban development is to improve the cities we inhabit, then we must first address the needs of the majority of us who live on the margins. Continuing to hope that illegally demolishing informal settlements will somehow eradicate them is at best a delusion, since the only thing continuous forced evictions guarantee is that we will have slums in our cities forever. Citing the security risk they supposedly represented, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced his intention in October last year to “clear” all informal coastline settlements. A month later, around midnight on 9 November, state security officers oversaw the first of what turned out to be a series of demolitions in Otodo-Gbame , a fishing village on the edge of a newish, upscale neighbourhood.
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The flawed logic of forced slum evictions