By replacing old buildings with upscale high-rises in Beirut’s urban landscape, gentrification is said to be taken place in both formal and informal forms in activating, incenting and exempting from certain law structure, regulation and tax payment by the state. Despite this article is written within an academic blog agenda, two maps as a result of field survey, have been used to show the spread of demolition(between year 2000-2010), eviction and new construction sites around western part of Achrafieh. Taken from this point, it stresses the State , exist in both levels of political and administrative authorities, which seen as the motivator of the gentrification process given that they have the power to impose various forms, plans and projects, to serve the interests of the dominant elite. New buildings are claimed to be exceeded the Beirut’s Master Plan restricted value and creating the destruction of urban heritage.
Figure 1. Buildings demolished and evicted families in the western part of Achrafieh. Source originated from Google Earth 2000; This picture is extracted from http://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/269/files/2012/06/A1.jpg (Boissinot and el-Achkar, 2011)
Figure 2. New constructions in the western part of Achrafieh. Source is orginated from Google Earth 2011; This picture is extracted from http://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/269/files/2012/06/A2.jpg (Boissinot and el-Achkar, 2011)
For further reading, please read The Lebanese State as Initiator of Gentrification in Achrafieh by Hicham el-Achkar.