The creation of urban highways between the 1950’s amd 1970’s in Beirut caused extensive damage to the original fabric of the city. Hundreds of buildings were demolished in the process, neighborhoods were seperated by fast lanes of traffic difficult or impossible to cross, traditional fabrics were ripped appart.
Today, no city in the world, (except in some totalitarian regimes) thinks of destroying their historic fabrics to make way for the car. And we will never accept that such destructive action still be done in our city today. The Fouad Boutros highway will not pass.