Its scary how quickly Street Level is becoming a historical record rather than a celebration of Dar’s architectural gems. Today Blaschke House is being demolished. Adorning the clock tower roundabout where Samora Avenue joins Railway Street since 1907, in a few more days only the shiny mbati around it will remain. Who knows what modern wonder will then replace it.
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many thanks to everyone who came to the show, to the alliance francaise for being fabulous hosts, to leo mkanyia for wonderful music, to the green room and cowshed for their artistic collaboration and stunning furniture, to authentic tanzania and we dont reed publishers for their sponsorship and support. to those who missed it – pole sana!!! it was a fun night.
The 1920s saw two ambitious attempts to bring together Dar’s disparate Muslim communities. Anjuman Islamia, founded by Muhammad Omar Abbasi, a Sunni newspaper publisher, was backed chiefly by Punjabi funding and acted as a social welfare body which also sought to coordinate Islamic affairs.
Sadly this 1937 building on Bibi Titi Mohamed Road was demolished in recent weeks.
This building stood on the corner of Aggrey Street and Indira Gandhi Road until its demolition in 2008. Habib Punja was one of Dar’s leading Asian businessmen in the 1930s and 40s. Starting as a retailer, he set up a soap factory in 1933, moved into milling in 1941 and later acquired interest in building materials and urban property. The family also built the Sun and Sands Hotel (now accomodation for Selander Bridge Police).
(foleni – kiswahili term for traffic jams, derived from Dar drivers tendency to create ‘four lanes’ out of one where possible… or impossible)
It’s unlikely you will ever be further than a few metres from a plastic chair in Dar. Plastic chairs never die. They can be sewn together with wire, stuck together with remnants of advertising stickers, stacked in multiples to compensate for their broken limbs, tied to tree trunks, balanced on rocks, logs and any other solid objects that provide the requisite support for a gentle snooze, a cold drink on the street corner or an animated debate with friends.