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A public project in Lebanon's southern city of Tyre is not only giving pedestrians the right of way, but letting them rule the road once a week with car-free evenings called "Mashe Lanemshe," meaning Come on, let's walk. Every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight, a strip along Tyre's coast from the Islamic University to the Imam Sadr offices offers residents and visitors a place to stroll freely. Tyre Municipality was initially reluctant to host the project.Some restaurant owners are pushing the city government to increase the car-free project to three times a week.The project has not only created a pleasant atmosphere each Saturday night, but has also boosted business and brought in locals who might otherwise spend their night at home, Ezzeddine says. What he enjoys most, however, is the six-hour weekly break from car exhaust. Hasan Karawni, who is visiting the street with his family, describes the project as vital for Tyre because it brings people of different generations together in one place.
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