Monday, June 27, 2016

Lebanon's history via pop culture 66

“Rizkallah 3a iyyamak ya tramway Beirut, chalouk la innak dighri w btimshi 3ala sikki deghri” – so the Ibrahim Merachli song went. The wagons in the last of their days became places to sell fast food, and the services themselves were stopped in 1971. Still if you walk in Beirut, you can still see some of the lines protruding from under the asphalt – testimony that the past, present and future intermingle together in Beirut, cohesively or not is a different question.

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