Rapid urbanization in developing nations of the world is quite obvious. In Nigeria, the uncontrolled intensification of land use at the designated business cores of its urban centres (nodes) is now an issue of serious planning and management concerns. Governments at various levels are currently facing the daunting challenge of controlling these urban physical and social problems of almost defied solution which planners are striving to address with planning-driven strategies. The interest in Akure for this research is because it is an urban centre and the administrative capital of Ondo State that has witnessed immense development and growth in terms of built-up areas, population density, high traffic volume as well as industrial and commercial activities with incidents of multiple dysfunctional nodes. This paper disaggregates Akure into the specific neighbourhoods with nodes using remotely sensed and demographic data for analysis of relationship between planned and unplanned nodes in the city vis-a-vis the effect on spatial interaction. This will help to generate effective business core and management toolkits for urban planners, environmental managers and students/researchers while representing advisory mechanism to government and non-governmental organisations.
Joseph Omoniyi Basorun, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
Stream: Urban Studies
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