Have Mercy on Beirut

Tearing down old buildings to create space for…

No, no. I take it back. Let me try this again.

Tearing down seasoned, vintage, traditional, iconic, “Lebanese” buildings to create space for…parking space?! Seriously?! And if it’s not a parking space, it’s most probably a butt-ugly high-rise building.

Such a shame.

I took a picture of this beautiful abandoned house in Hamra (Beirut) on Jean D’arc Street in March. “They” had already started to demolish the roof at that time. Take a look at the “after” shot I took yesterday. Wow…really sexy! 😀

Before
After

Glad to see that tree is still surviving though. Surprisingly enough, the green space wasn’t bothering “them”.

Houses which are a symbol to Lebanese heritage are getting teared down everyday, and the exact opposite should happen. They should be preserved, renewed, and if abandoned, they should become museums. We don’t have a lot of those over here, you know.

I just wish the government would start regulating the bulldozing of these houses before Beirut ends up being a city only famous for its modern high-rise buildings. There’s more to Beirut than that.

6 thoughts on “Have Mercy on Beirut

  1. yasmine June 21, 2010 / 8:20 am

    The problem in Lebanon is the rule that when you bring down a building, it has to ‘lay dormant’ for 5 years.

    So instead of leaving it empty (like the one on the corner right beside that building) they use it as a parking space to make money.

    It sort of sucks since a lot of these building are part of the original buildings that were FIRST built here! People need to petition that Hamra/Bliss be considered a landmark to stop the destruction of these buildings…..

  2. shoofs June 25, 2010 / 10:34 pm

    sadly this is the trend these days, especially in harma… you won’t believe how many new buildings, malls, and whatever else are scheduled to spur any moment now (the tiny amazing building facing AUB being one of them. They closed down “Abu Naji” that has been there for the past 23 years for it)

    • BeirutBoy June 26, 2010 / 1:34 pm

      I think “Malik’s” is gettin kicked out too and it’s also been there for years and years for AUB students.
      The problem is that they think out of their asses and just from a business standpoint: tearin down the old and constructing a high-rise building will generate lots of cash. They don’t care about the history that’s there.

  3. naji raji August 18, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    join my campaign on facebook

    save beirut heritage

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