For this week’s post I wanted to reference an article from the Berkeley Planning Journal’s blog, Urban Fringe, written by Chris Mizes, a UC Berkeley PhD student. The article highlights an interesting discussion around tenure – or more specifically the “absence of tenure” policies and practices. Looking at Nigeria, and particularly at booming Lagos, Mizes discusses the consequences of unclear land titles and property speculation in the country,  highlighting the everyday tactics of coping with the scam.

“As property scams abound, Lagos’ governing officials counter with a call for routine, transparency, security of tenure, and the leveling of informal life.”


THE URBAN FRINGE: The Berkeley Planning Journal is an annual, peer-reviewed publication, produced in collaboration between graduate students at the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, and is available online and in print. The BPJ offers a collection of innovative and research oriented articles on contemporary topics in planning and urbanism, written by students, faculty, and others in the planning community at Berkeley, as well as planning scholars from other institutions.

The Urban Fringe is a production of the BPJ, with a focus on planning practice. It is intended as a space of exchange and dialogue between emerging planning scholars and others in the planning community.

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