The Mohammad Chatah public garden in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A year on from the powerful car bomb that took the life of former Minister Mohammad Chatah and left behind piles of shattered glass and crumbling facades of buildings, the assassination site in Downtown Beirut has been transformed.The sidewalk – which in the aftermath of the attack was seemingly tattooed with destroyed cars, plants and structures – has been cleansed of the physical damage and replaced with new and clean structures.The Beirut municipality-owned open space of around 100 square meters is tucked away behind the sprawling edifices of Downtown Beirut's Starco area – named for the famous Starco building where a popular dance hall attracts Lebanon's high society.A large tent is under construction for a ceremony to be held Saturday, when the Mohammad Chatah Square will be officially unveiled to the general public.
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