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Spatio-temporal land use/land cover changes induced flat housing expansion pattern: implications for microenterprises’ growth opportunity in Shashemene City, Ethiopia

  • Tarekegn Fanta
  • Tebarek MegentoEmail author


The extraordinary rate of urban growth in developing countries causes expansion of cities towards their outskirts resulting in work space insufficiency and unsuitableness to microenterprises. However, this situation has received insignificant emphases/coverage within latest interdisciplinary literatures surveyed. So, the main objective of the current study was to investigate the effect of urban flat housing expansion on the user-friendliness of premises to selected micro businesses in Shashemene City, West Arsi Zone, Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. Simple random sampling was employed to select a total of 240 businesses. The obtained data were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively/description and revealed that businesses are suffering from paucity, unsuitableness, high- priced premises and frequent location shift for the work places, lack of expediency and infrastructure. Furthermore, the findings of this study revealed that permanency of selected business in familiarized location depends on their financial strength and experiences on the same business. Thus, it could be suggested that authorities need to practice measures like; business clusters development, creating coalitions among chambers of commerce for construction of common use multiplex business premises, and also involve share companies or private developers; revisit urban land leasehold proclamation performance and construction works progress in the City.


Ethiopia Microenterprises Shashemene City Urban land use Work space 



We authors are thankful to Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) for Land Sat Images and topo-maps it provided us for the study. We are also grateful to all the data enumerators who helped us during GPS- based ground verification survey, and also to all concerned Shashemene City Authorities and Research Participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Social SciencesAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

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