Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Avant-garde(n)

Established in 1908 by the Ottomans the Sanayeh Garden is one of the last resorts in the Beiruti urban concrete jungle, until some stupid imbecile thought about turning it - along with the two other gardens left in the city - into car parks due to their prime location (Typical of right wing economists such as PM Fouad Siniora to think in such lines although I am not accusing him personally). A sit in was going to take place on May 30th to save the garden something that happened - depending on whom you believe - either by visiting the head of the Beirut Municipality of MP Saad Hariri. Considering that by the latest count Lebanon still has only 8% of green space (Down from 53% in the late 50s) and the figure includes the graveyards (Believe it or not) killing the last urban meeting places for people amoung trees is truly a blasphemy.
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