[Continued from previous post]As part of our research on Beirut River we organized a site visit in the different areas where the river flows. The visit began at Daychounieh dam located at the upper basin of the river, characterized as a peri-urban region; and ended in the urban area of Bourj Hammoud.
Our next stop was in the urban area of the river in Bourj Hammoud neighborhood.
The canalization of the river started in the 1960s after a major flood event occurred in Abou Ali River in Tripoli killing 160 people in 1955 (Frem, 2009), pushing the neighborhood to turn its back to the river as it became disconnected from the water and separated by the presence of a wall.
Some of our impressions from the site visit:
- The wall creates a barrier disconnecting the neighborhood from the rest of the city.
- The Beirut River Snake Project, as seen in the image below, is creating a greater disconnection between the community and the river, as it has turned the canal into a hostile industrial space.
- There is a great sense of community with an intense pedestrian flow.
- The presence of managed green public spaces shows that the municipality is taking civic actions.
- There is a potential to improve the public spaces by understanding the different users, their needs, and their relation with the river.
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