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The Current Meaning of Historic Areas in Cairo

Ahmed Sedky

in Living with Heritage in Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162459.003.0001
The Current Meaning of Historic Areas in Cairo

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The term “Historic Cairo” means the specific zone that is the focus of numerous area conservation and upgrading projects under the auspices of different governmental and international organizations. The entire zone of “Historic Cairo” is bounded by the northern city walls and Galal Street to the north; Port Said Street and the Metro to the west; al-Mansuriya Street and Salah Salim Highway and al-Qatamiya Highway to the east and squatters south of the Qasr al-Sham' area expanding southward as far as the access to al-Munib flyover. The main problem of Cairo's historic areas is the physical deterioration of every ancient urban fabric. Historic areas and informal settlements alike depend on a vulnerable economy, and suffer alike from a low-quality environment due to population density, especially in informal settlements, thus enabling landlords to offer low-rent dwellings.

Keywords: conservation project; historic Cairo; physical deterioration; historic areas; informal settlements

Chapter.  8404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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