File - Algerian children fly kites on the Sablettes seafront promenade in Algiers.
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White-washed Algiers, with sweeping views over a glittering Mediterranean bay, has long neglected its greatest natural asset but a major project is restoring the city's seaside splendor.Capital residents dream of Algiers becoming a Mediterranean city to rival Marseilles, Barcelona or Naples.Expected to cost nearly 400 million euros ($540 million), the project aims to get rid of the 67-kilometer watercourse that flows through the city, carrying industrial waste into the bay.Oued al-Harrach should then become the bay's new center of gravity, with numerous projects dotted around it.The Nobel laureate celebrates the "healthy amusements" of the bay in his essay "Summer in Algiers," a lyrical description of the city in which he grew up during French colonial rule.
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