The Mar Mikhael Square Project
We are introducing a people-centered urban design intervention at the entrance of the Mar Mikhael artery to improve pedestrian and social spaces. This urban design intervention expands the landing of the Gholam Stairs at the intersection of Pasteur and Armenia streets into a public square. The square spills over the vehicular artery to calm traffic, without disrupting vehicular movements, while it considerably improves walkability. The intervention includes greening, urban furniture, street lighting, and improved drainage systems -- all of which enhance the quality of life in the city. Since the project has been the subject of a lot of disinformation over the past weeks, we note that it has evidently designed by some of the best talents in Lebanon, discussed at length and approved by the Municipal Council, the Municipality of Beirut, and many local actors before it entered the execution phase in March 2023. Prior to the interruption, the project was due to finish in July 2023.
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