The municipality of Beirut holds thousands of square meters of land in the Hekmeh neighborhood, an entire cluster of heritage houses and acres of century old gardens.
With this incredible wealth, the current municipality wished to… build a highway. The Civil Coalition against the Hekmeh-Turk Highway Project has instead proposed a park, a network of small squares and public spaces, and a set of cultural/leisure venues.
The Beirut Madinati group is conscious of the need for green areas in Beirut, which has 0.8 sqm of vegetation per inhabitant instead of the 10sqm recommanded by the World Health Organisation. Among the group’s candidates and think tank, are several activists who fought with or supported the Civil Coalition against the highway project: Abdul-Halim Jabr, Mona Fawaz, Serge Yazigi, Mona Hallak, Levon Telvizian, etc.
Naturally, the Beirut Madinati group has fully adopted and endorsed our proposal of a Fouad Boutros Park:
Beirut Madinati also promised to act in all of the neighborhoods of the city, to improve our shared practice of public spaces which have become unwelcoming because of the unrestrained and exclusive reliance on the car as the only means of transportation…