Why are homes in small cities in Ethiopia?

Tyler writes:

It’s striking that the population is still about 80 percent”rural,” despite ten percent increase for ten years or so.

It seems that many people don’t wish to leave their villages. Given that clear constraint, a lot of those marginally larger villages have evolved to mini-cities with very limited infrastructure and density, however a lot more consumption. And Addis nevertheless isn’t so busy, making it quite nice. We’ll see how this pans out, but I hadn’t ever seen this”improved rural” version before and it’s worthy of more attention.

More at the MR blog.