Hamra, where to?

24 commentsArchitecture,Beirut

The same cor­ner before fall 2009 and after spring 2010 (click to enlarge).

Take me back to Hamra Street. Not the strip of fran­chise restau­rants, or the avenue of glass-and-steel bou­tiques, or the boule­vard of fra­puc­ci­no joints, or the thor­ough­fare of parceled rub­ble piles.

Hamra, where to?

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Rawad Angelo Habib May 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Being part of the younger generation, I have no recollection of what Hamra street was like. For me, Hamra, being a culture hub, is what is like today, and on a larger perspective, Beirut's actual architecture is fine the way it is, I know no other/better alternative.

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Rawad Angelo Habib May 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Being part of the younger generation, I have no recollection of what Hamra street was like. For me, Hamra, being a culture hub, is what is like today, and on a larger perspective, Beirut's actual architecture is fine the way it is, I know no other/better alternative.

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Meedo Taha May 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm

"I know no other/better alternative." That final sentence in your comment says it all. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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Meedo Taha May 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

"I know no other/better alternative." That final sentence in your comment says it all. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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Samsam May 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I agree with Angelo.

I love Hamra because it's different from any other street in Lebanon. Every time I walk around I discover old buildings that are so beautiful, but what makes me sad is when I see them being destroyed so they could build a new commercial center or another Vero Moda (there are already 5 of them I guess)!

I don't care if I wait 1 hour everyday to find a parking lot because I love it and its people (especially meedo!!!).

I feel like I'm a part of it, which is why my senior project will be based on tourism in Hamra :)

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Meedo May 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I agree. In fact this story's original title was "Fuck You, Vero Moda" (no joke) but I decided it wasn't poetic enough. :)

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Samsam May 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Hahaha! True :)

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Samsam May 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I agree with Angelo.

I love Hamra because it's different from any other street in Lebanon. Every time I walk around I discover old buildings that are so beautiful, but what makes me sad is when I see them being destroyed so they could build a new commercial center or another Vero Moda (there are already 5 of them I guess)!

I don't care if I wait 1 hour everyday to find a parking lot because I love it and its people (especially meedo!!!).

I feel like I'm a part of it, which is why my senior project will be based on tourism in Hamra :)

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Meedo May 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I agree. In fact this story's original title was "Fuck You, Vero Moda" (no joke) but I decided it wasn't poetic enough. :)

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Samsam May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hahaha! True :)

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Mona Taha May 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

If they start having a chain of FCUK shops in Hamra Street then your original title will be sarcastic!! :)

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Meedo May 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Hahaha! If an FCUK shows up on Hamra Street, then whatever I write it'll be too late anyway...

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Mona Taha May 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

If they start having a chain of FCUK shops in Hamra Street then your original title will be sarcastic!! :)

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Meedo May 21, 2010 at 1:25 am

Hahaha! If an FCUK shows up on Hamra Street, then whatever I write it'll be too late anyway...

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Loryne May 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Samsam - would love to see how your project turns out! You've picked a very rich topic :-)

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Meedo May 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

I agree! x

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Loryne May 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Samsam - would love to see how your project turns out! You've picked a very rich topic :-)

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Meedo May 21, 2010 at 3:40 am

I agree! x

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Ramzi Maalouf May 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

Like our street fan page on facebook :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hamra-hmra/218405406416

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Meedo May 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

I'm already on it. :)

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Ramzi Maalouf May 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

Like our street fan page on facebook :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hamra-hmra/218405406416

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Meedo May 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I'm already on it. :)

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Zeinou May 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

How about "It's Hamra"

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beirut-Lebanon/Its-Hamra/127602610583234?ref=ts

Everything you need to know about Hamra! :)

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Zeinou May 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

How about "It's Hamra"

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beirut-Lebanon/Its-Hamra/127602610583234?ref=ts

Everything you need to know about Hamra! :)

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