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How does one approach a city like Beirut?In the search for a city's identity, many of its facets are revealed in certain places, namely the city's public spaces.The success of a particular public space relies on people adopting, using and managing the space – people make places, more than places make people.Martyr former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had an exceptional mission in turning the destroyed city of Beirut into the vibrant heart of the country, with all the renovated infrastructure and community spaces for national fusion and civil peace to ensure the return of the flow of socioeconomic relations, and to be a center of humanitarian and national interaction. He knew early on that public spaces are a vital ingredient of successful cities. Whereas Beirut is considered by many scholars as a melting pot of different social religious groups, Martyrs Square emerges as a need in a city torn by civil war, a public space acting as a social unifier for citizens, many of whom come from different rural and homogenous communities, and most of whom are socially diverse and of different religions.Martyrs' Square has always been considered the center of the city geographically, physically, socially, culturally and politically. Several times, tens of thousands of Lebanese from across country marched to Martyrs' Square, which they consider the heart of Beirut, a city that was ranked by the New York Times as one of the top places to visit in the world and listed by the Lonely Planet as one of the world's 10 greatest comeback cities.
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