Urban growth is a continuous process of change over time. With time, standards, life-styles, population composition and structure, values, technologies, demands and needs change. No amount of flexibility can accommodate all these possible changes, as there are elastic limits for human and material adaptability.

Population increase accelerates urban growth and extension involving new residential developments, the changing pattern of needs of the older residential areas should never be forgotten.

Shauri Moyo is one of the oldest residential estates in Nairobi’s Eastlands dating as early as 1938.  It is also the richest in history, in contradictions and in composition. Different land uses, house types, institutions, the Jua Kali small-scale industries and even private developments are all to be found here all confined within an area of 68 hectares. This is a highly prime real estate currently housing dilapidated housing estates so close to the city centre. Commercial forces are already evident from the City center), Gikomba market and Jogoo road where most of the land has illegally been converted into non-residential users. Its continued neglect is likely to lead to full deterioration of the area, further pollution of Nairobi River and generally amount to a misallocation of such high potential land resource.

This study focuses on establishing the historical development of Shauri Moyo estate over the years and its existing development patterns. It will then carry out a detailed analysis of the estate with the aim of coming up with an appropriate urban renewal physical development plan for the area.

It is hoped that the results of this study shall act as a guideline for renewing not only Shauri Moyo but also all other old generation estates in the city because this is the only way through which a growing city like Nairobi can be kept alive within its older neighborhoods