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Notes on the Geography of Botswana: Gaborone: Photo 21

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The city planners anticipated a small town, dominated by officials. Starting at a point adjoining the railroad track, they laid out a semicircular government enclave, Farther from the center, two concentric semi-circles on the same center were laid out to embrace residential areas. The first was Independence Avenue and the second, Ring Road. Maybe the name Ring Road was a placeholder waiting for a national hero, but it stuck. An third and outer ring road couldn't make up its mind: different sections are named Nyerere, Mobuto, and Machel Drive. A commercial mall extended like a radius east from the government enclave through the residential areas. Later superblocks would be added, basically residential islands boxed in by four- or six-lane highways. At the center of the pattern was this, the National Assembly building, about as typical of the 1960s as a building could be.

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