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Title: The Shifting Intra-Urban Transport Terminals as Indicators of the Sequential Expansion of Benin City
Authors: Agheyisi, E. J.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Benin Journal of Social Sciences..
Series/Report no.: Vol. 16, No. 1;147 – 159
Abstract: Benin City has experienced tremendous leapfrog expansion since 1980 when mini buses, popularly called “Tuke-Tuke”, were introduced into the intra-urban transport services in the city. Ever since, the city has expanded far beyond its moat which once marked the physical limit of the city. Earlier study of city has shown that Benin City has grown to assume an elongated oblong shape rather than the concentric pattern it once has. The spatial growth of the city is so fast that it is now difficult to keep track of its rate of expansion. This paper is a descriptive study of the sequential spatial expansion of Benin City and uses the shifting intra-urban transport terminals as indicators of the city’s expansion. The locations and duration of the various terminals in each of the arterial roads in the city were identified through interview of motor park attendants and local residents. The distances between successive terminals were measured in all the arterial roads using standardized intervals of electric poles along the arterial roads. The data for each arterial road were presented in a table and discussed. The study shows that Benin City is expanding fast in all directions but faster in recent years than before. Above all, the study reveals that the city has taken a stallate urban form rather than its former concentric pattern because of the different rate of expansion along the major arterial roads and in their interstices.
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