After Souk el Tayeb,,I wandered through Saifi (which I learned means “summery”) village. I wonder what it’s like to live in a place called Summery Village..must be nice! Anyhow, it’s another project in downtown, under the auspices of Solidere, the Lebanese Company for the Development and Reconstruction of Beirut Central District.
It seems that the Lebanese are divided in their thought’s about their new identity, their plasticsurgerization.. and mainly their new downtown central district..While some think it has come at a steep cost, with the razing of historic buildings and the rising of living costs..others welcome it as a relief, a freedom of sorts, from their war torn past.
I was thinking about this as I was heading to work the other morning, when the taxi driver turned to me and said, “Hariri was a great man for giving the Lebanese a new downtown.” I admired the fact that he was able to appreciate Solidere, even at a distance..all the while acknowledging the fact that neither him nor his family would ever be able to fully take advantage of downtown, with its multimillion dollar apartments and its swanky restaurants..As is the case for many Lebanese…
Its experiences like these that make me keep my cynicism in check..
Anyway..here are some photos from Saifi!
These images serve as a stark contrast to what some of the other buildings not too far away look like..
Lebanon..a country of contrast and contradiction.