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Beyond the Green Line: Sustainability and Beirut's post-war reconstruction


  • Gruia Bădescu


Gruia Bădescu looks at Beirut 20 years after the Civil War. He argues that metropolitan Beirut is once again a successful economic center for the region as a whole, but in order to complete a sustainable Beirut, the city needs to prioritize public transport infrastructure and make its public spaces more inclusive. It needs to improve its economic, environmental and social impacts as a whole. The ability of the state to control urbanization through town-planning regulations has been very limited in Lebanon. He argues that a major step would be future dialogues between policymakers, businessmen and representatives of civil society in order to build co-operation; trust and partnership between these groups are important aspects to sustaining mobility.

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  • Gruia Bădescu, 2011. "Beyond the Green Line: Sustainability and Beirut's post-war reconstruction," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 54(3), pages 358-367, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:54:y:2011:i:3:p:358-367

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