BEIRUT’S NEW CITY CEN­TRE IS NO DOWN­TOWN

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Af­ter a huge re­con­struc­tion pro­ject that cost bil­lions of dol­lars, Beirut’s new city cen­tre of­fers lux­ury apart­ments, posh cafes and bou­tiques by Burberry and Ver­sace. How­ever, de­spite this huge up­grade, there is still an el­e­ment miss­ing – the peo­ple. Even with wars com­ing to an end, the coun­try still faces on­go­ing vi­o­lence. More re­cently, Syria’s civil war has meant cross-bor­der at­tacks into Le­banon. A for­mer min­is­ter, who spoke to The Guardian on the con­di­tion and was not iden­ti­fied, said, “from an eco­nomic stand­point, it doesn’t make sense to have these sky­scrapers and ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous build­ings. Beirut’s at­trac­tion is its history and its moun­tains and coast­line.”

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