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The Struggle to Build an American Suburb in Uganda

Akright City promised an alternative to the African cities once designed for the colonial elite. But it has become something it was never meant to be.
Private cities like Akright have special significance on a continent where most urban infrastructure was designed for a long-gone colonial elite.
Private cities like Akright have special significance on a continent where most urban infrastructure was designed for a long-gone colonial elite.Ryan Lenora Brown

The neat row of homes on Avocado Lane are nearly identical — two-bedroom red-roofed houses with SUVs in their driveways and welcome mats on their doorsteps. Toys lie scattered on lawns and in the distance you can hear the low buzz of a lawn mower chomping through the tall grass.

If you think this sounds like an American suburb, you’re about 8,000 miles off.