Participants in the workshop take photos of a house being demolished in Geitawi to make way for the Fouad Boutros highway.
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The home is one of many in Geitawi in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut that was marked by the municipality as recently as two years ago.The municipality plans to demolish these houses – which are now public property – to make way for the Fouad Boutros highway, a project that has been shelved for decades since it was first proposed in 1972 .Borgi said that public property wasn't merely owned by the municipality, but that it belonged to everyone that the municipality represented."We [residents of Beirut] are never told that we actually own the city, so people just think that they have to accept all the rules and regulations that are imposed on us," Borgi said. Motivated to protect the areas they can, Borgi and Rishani recommend four ways to intervene in urban development: this includes trying to solve an issue related to the area, campaigning for a different way to use the space, changing the space altogether or bringing attention to a component that the area is lacking. Nevertheless, activists have continued to lobby with the municipality to stop the project at any cost.
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