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The Coastal Settlements of Ouzaii and Jnah: Analysis of an Upgrading Project in Beirut

Falk Jähnigen

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0014
The Coastal Settlements of Ouzaii and Jnah: Analysis of an Upgrading Project in Beirut

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This chapter describes the many social actors involved in urban planning for two informal settlements in the same southern suburb of Beirut. It studies resident committees that support Hezbollah and organize basic public services in return for municipal financial support, and Jihad al-Binaa, the branch of Hezbollah in charge of building basic infrastructure. Hezbollah's refusal to invest in the urban renewal of informal settlements, because it considers that to be a duty of the state, is detrimental to economic development in this coastal area, which has great economic potential.

Keywords: Hezbollah; Jihad al-Binaa; urban renewal; informal settlements; Beirut

Chapter.  8327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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