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Plumes of smoke, splintered wood and twisted pieces of corrugated iron, surrounded by mounds of debris were frequent roadside sightings in 2016 around Eti Osa Local Government in Lagos State. At times these periodic demolitions of roadside shops and markets caused one to stop in ones tracks because they actually resembled bomb sites in a war zone, where destruction takes place without any immediate moves to remove the ugly damage...  

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In its efforts to increase its internally generated revenue and to be less dependent from dwindling federal resources, the Government of Lagos made several unsuccessful attempts to tax small business owners in the informal sector, writes Adeolu Adesanya. It’s through a participatory approach that the Government finally succeeded in integrating the informal sector into its taxation system.

What makes Lagos ‘open’ as a city? How do we foster growth that is diverse, equitable, sustainable and inclusive? The Open City seeks to explore the issues raised by these questions by involving the very users and producers of that space in a multi-faceted conversation about their city.

All submissions will be accepted until 28 February, 2015. See here for full details on the project, including project ideas and guidelines for submissions.