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    Southern Sudan unveils plans for animal-shaped cities

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11019550

    Southern Sudan unveils plans for animal-shaped cities

    By Mary Harper

    BBC News



    A long boulevard will run down the neck of giraffe-shaped Wau

    The authorities in southern Sudan have unveiled a $10bn (6.4bn) plan to rebuild the region's cities in the shapes of animals and fruit.

    Elaborate blueprints for the new cities have already been drawn up.

    The regional capital, Juba, will be relocated and designed in the shape of a rhinoceros. Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, is to be a somewhat unwieldy giraffe.

    In Juba, the office of the regional president is situated where the rhinoceros's eye should be.

    In Wau, the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe's tail.

    There is talk that the town of Yambio will be shaped like a pineapple.

    The reason for these shapes is not entirely illogical - they match the symbols that appear on the flags of southern Sudan's states.

    But how will the authorities raise the $10bn they say they need to make this plan a reality? They say they are talking to investors but it is all a bit vague.

    Although there is plenty of oil in southern Sudan, people there are extremely poor.

    The United Nations says more than 90% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.

    The plans for the new cities perhaps reflect the heady optimism of a potential new independent South Sudan, but whether they will ever get beyond the drawing board is another matter."


    I KINDA LIKE IT.

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    Cyburbian fringe's avatar
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    This reminds me of the wisecrack I've heard about residential subdivisions, defined as places where they cut down all the trees and then name the streets after them.

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    Thats very odd in a form follows function sort of way. I can see lots of duplication in infrastructure.
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    What a load of bull!

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    Two strategically placed culs-de-sac/cul-de-sacs should help in identifying gender.

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    It's about time the Sudanese government tackled their most pressing problem - cities not shaped like animals.

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