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Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two-thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve…
Researchers and students at the University of Nairobi, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, and the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT produced that map – and the underlying data behind it – after carrying cell phones and GPS devices along every route in the network.
"We recognized that if there was going to be any kind of improvement of this system in Nairobi, then people would need to be able to see it and visualize it and speak about it as a system," says Jacqueline Klopp, an associate research scholar at Center for Sustainable Urban Development.
Late last week, that map was unveiled to the public, the press, and the matatu drivers themselves in Nairobi, prompting headlines and revelations large and small from riders who’ve long used the system. One student at the University of Nairobi who worked on the project took a look at the finished map and realized for the first time that he could travel across town by a better route. Anyone else who eyeballs this map is bound to notice a larger pattern: the heavily centralized system no doubt complicates congestion in downtown Nairobi, suggesting that there might be some ways to improve it.
The project was also intended for the benefit of government officials, who distribute matatu licenses for specific routes, but who had long since given up on trying to plan the system. Now the researchers hope that will change.
"Look, these people have planned your system from below!’" Klopp says. "It is not as chaotic as people think it is. They have routes, they have numbers. There’s very, very regular stops that the city didn’t plan. I think it really helps people to see that there is this system that you can then improve on, that it’s not just a chaotic mess."