Fight builds for Beirut’s cultural heritage – Al Jazeera

Beirut, Lebanon – As the municipality moves ahead with a long-awaited road project that will cut through the heart of several Beirut neighbourhoods, civil society groups are decrying the project as outmoded and potentially destructive to the city’s cultural heritage.

“We have to take this project out of the municipality’s agenda,” said architect and urban planner Jihad Kiame, who alleges the proposed highway will demolish a historic orchard and dozens of properties, devastating the architectural remnants of a neighbourhood in east Beirut known as Hikmeh

The Beirut municipality’s Fouad Boutros project is the latest manifestation of the “Hikmeh-Turk” axis plan. Devised in the 1950s to provide a link for motorists from the main avenues of … Read more

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