Singer 'unveils plans for Black Panther-style west African city'

Reports that plans for a futuristic city in west Africa, modelled on the fictional kingdom featured in the blockbuster film Black Panther, have been unveiled by the Senegalese-American singer Akon feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription) reports that the singer "told a news conference that a third of the funding for the project had already been secured and the first stone [has been] laid for the 2,000-acre Akon City near Dakar, the capital of his native Senegal".

Another article in The Times says that an Ipsos Mori poll has found that a "good internet connection and access to green spaces are becoming bigger priorities for homeowners and renters in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic". The paper says that "the public's preferences for their living arrangements are changing after their experiences during the lockdown, which meant that people spent more time in their homes and has caused a seismic shift to remote working".

An article in The Financial Times (subscription) says that the government's latest "planning shake-up provides few affordable housing guarantees". It adds that critics fear the "proposed reforms will fail to help those most in need".

Another article in the FT says that New York state's "ambitious goals" to cut greenhouse gas emissions "are being slowed by a tortuous planning process".

An article in The Guardian looks at a new TV series due to start on Channel 4 tonight which tells the story of residents and staff working within the London Borough of Southwark's social housing system. The series includes "lettings officer Debbie, who expounds on social housing as the mark of a civilised society", the paper says.

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