Work on Hamra’s Jeanne d’Arc Street, left, and an architect’s sketch of the project on completion.
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Pedestrians in Beirut are acutely aware that traversing the city's sidewalks may just as likely land you in hospital as your destination, but a major redesign of Hamra's Jeanne d'Arc Street could see a new model of urban planning emerge. With parking limited, cars often mount the curbs of the city; old, potholed pavements mean walkers must be ever-vigilant; and many sidewalks simply no longer exist.Nael Smith, another student at AUB who uses a wheelchair, said he takes to the street among the speeding cars because the sidewalks in Beirut are often unusable.Jeanne d'Arc Street, a major thoroughfare teeming with students, businesses and residents became the obvious choice given its proximity to the university.The design's smallest details speak to its larger idea of inclusion: wide pavements, tactile sensors to assist the blind crossing the street, raised intersections to facilitate passage of strollers and wheelchairs, jacaranda trees tall enough not to obstruct storefronts, street lighting without a mesh of twisted electric wires, extended sidewalk corners to prevent illegal parking and benches for lingering shoppers.To make room for wider pavements, the designers eliminated one of the parking lanes that run down the street.
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