|Coco Beach, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. All photos RJ Peltz-Steele CC BY-SA 4.0.|
The short length of Coco Beach is the touristic gem of Tanzania's largest city, Dar es Salaam, which, for all its rugged charms, is not rich with touristic gems. Coco Beach sits on the eastern, Indian Ocean, coast of the ritzy Msasani Peninsula, just a few kilometers northwest of the CBD.
|Luxury condo building on the road from Oyster Bay to Sea Cliff Village|
|Qatar's is the most modest of the beachfront embassies.|
|Present service structures on Coco Beach, astride road construction.|
|Nearly completed end of beachfront highway entering the CBD.|
Tanzania in 1974 moved its capital de jure to central Dodoma, in an effort to broaden economic opportunity in the country beyond Dar es Salaam. Nevertheless, concentration of development in Dar is still a problem that plagues the country. A businessman in the northeastern town of Arusha told me there's mounting resentment there about rural taxes paying for big-city infrastructure. (Boston says hello, western Massachusetts.) Maybe foreign nations can help Tanzania take a step forward by transferring their embassies from walled beachfront luxury to central locations with better access to government, whether Dar or Dodoma, on condition that appropriate public development of the Msasani Peninsula be left in their wake. After all, foreign diplomatic posting is supposed to be a hardship, and it's compensated accordingly.
|The new highway runs in front of the historic Ocean Road Hospital, where a street sign bears a familiar name.|