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Beirut River Takes a Green Turn

A 10-year plan to turn the 8.5km of Beirut River into a conservation area including parks, nature reserves, bike-paths, sports facilities, cafes, and a high-speed electric train to take commuters along the projectís span and verdant boulevards is more than ambitious, itís daring.


In a country where urban planning is missing and planning in general is a luxury, the Green River
Project launched by Phillipe Skaff, the head of Lebanonís Green Party, and envisioned by ERGA Architecture House of Elie and Randa Gebrayel, is like a fairy tale that could only come true by the will of the zealous personalities of its masterminds. The project is still in its planning and survey stages, but tentative movements toward political persuasion have been made.


Around 600,000 people live in the areas surrounding the Beirut River from Hazmieh to Qarantina. The project suggests plots to be sold on either side of the riverís length, allowing developers to build in an environmentally responsible way, and it will be funded entirely privately, alleviating financial concerns from a government.


Lebanonís Green Party is leading a drive to furnish Beirut with more verdant spaces. Will this dream come true?
 
Read full story in REAL's September issue



 

 

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