THE IMPACT OF THE RELOCATION OF HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS ON THE SUBURBS OF NAIROBI A CASE STUDY OF ZIMMERMAN AND ROYSAMBU

ABSTRACT

The project focuses on the factors that influenced the relocation of housing and commercial developments and the impact of this relocation on the suburbs or peripherals like Zimmerman and Roysambu of the city of Nairobi.

Factors that have influenced the relocation include the availability of cheaper land and demand in housing, availability of financial resources and infrastructure like the recent construction of the Thika-superhighway.

The resultant negative consequences are congestion, pollution, stretching of available infrastructure, non-sustainable development and encroachment into wildlife echo-systems.

Some of the factors affecting the relocation include rent controls, corruption by government officials and concerned ministries, insecurity and poor infrastructure.

Chapter one introduces the phenomenon to be studied, the study objectives, limitations to the study and its significance.

Chapter two is about the literature review used to analyze the study, the reasons for relocation, consequences and methods that could be used to combat the challenges faced

The third chapter addresses the study design; methods of data collection involved, problems encountered in the research and exhaustively narrows down the area of study.

Chapter four involves data presentation and analysis research findings and graphical representation of the findings.

Chapter five as the final chapter looks into the conclusion and discussion of the research objectives and the recommendations to various personnel like the private developers and the government in helping curb problems that arise from the relocation of housing and commercial developments to this suburb.

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