Isn't it amazing to witness how the entire world has become so mechanic, so controlled, so fake, so unreal, to an extent, one must zoom in on a handful of places tagged as "Protected" to be able to get a glimpse of how the world should be. It's like a rescue strategy governments from all around rushed to implement in their own countries to safe guard the remaining beauty of what the environment used to offer on a much bigger scale. Fencing off factories and refineries is an issue no one opposed yet when the turn came to fencing vast areas of landscape to protect the environment, so many found it unnecessary at first until alerting reports were provided.
Isn't this part of human nature, we tend to neglect the good and build on the bad to fulfill our so called dreams for a better living. A lifestyle purely created to advance mankind towards hell rather than heaven. You must be thinking, what’s up with this guy, why on earth is he so angry and what is he fussing about. This is no new issue and many spoke of it and fought for the cause. Well, simply, i'm another individual that recently came across some people criticizing a real estate development project for the damage its said to be causing the environment in one of the mountainous areas of Lebanon. It was so ridiculous to see how, once again, people tend to promote the bad over the good, as they hang on to a thread of info that has very little relevance. Come on people, try to list the positive points first and then weigh out the pros and cons, or would that be too much to ask?!?
Like so many developed countries, Lebanon used to enjoy an architectural characteristic for its beautifully built villages and towns. The white stone houses with red tiles gave this country a very unique distinction over most of its land. A magnificent view to capture from any where that overlooks the city Beirut. Tens of scattered villages and towns defined by white & red on mountains and in valleys make up any scenery in Lebanon. Sadly, this has become history with so few places that overlook villages or towns that still have buildings the old fashion way.
This real estate development criticism reminds me of the time when Down Town was being renovated and construction projects were being done to revitalize the heart of the capital. Oh gosh how many enjoyed attacking the former prime minister Rafic Harirri for his role and compassion to bring "Centre Ville" back to life. A project that has turned Beirut 180 degrees, as it has become one of the most beautiful areas in Lebanon today, with its nostalgic feel needless to mention its economical role. Funnily, if you look closer you'll find out that the same people that stood against the work in Down Town have become either business owners or regular visitors promoting nothing but good about this whole thing. For that, i've decided to dig into the issue of the real estate development and see for myself if the fuss that i came across makes any sense or is it just another opportunity for people to do what they know best and that is, promote the bad and burry the good. For one, Real Estate is one messy sector in Lebanon, with buildings and homes constructed during the civil war, the result is the loss of architectural design, an unbelievable level of space violations and an outcome that stripped this country from all its beautiful looks. The rich and poor are now defined by clearer borders, the pretty and ugly contrast is stronger than ever and the environment is literally invisible. Communities thrive in the highly populated areas adding more and more unbalanced construction and contributing to further polluting this country, making it nearly impossible to fix so i wonder, what harm could this real estate development be causing. After research, i came to find out that the target is BeitMisk. A huge development covering over 660,000 square meters in the Metn region. With a project of this magnitude, i must admit, my drive to pursue the reasons behind this debate grew and lead me to investigate further. Basically and for starters, BeitMisk is the first real gated community development in Lebanon, meaning, a self sustained project where residences enjoy so many benefits from within the project itself. It is a well sought development that includes a number of buildings, villas, town houses along with shopping centers, entertainment facilities, etc all laid out in a perfectly designed manner supported by state of the art infrastructure occupying only 20% of the entire area. Can you imagine this, wow, wish there were more of this in Lebanon. Now simple mathematics would tell us that 20% of real estate construction versus 80% of nature could only lead to a beautiful site. On the other hand, commonsense tells us that a project of such a scale must be based on the latest engineering and architectural standards, which brings us to the environment. Green, is in every real estate book. It is what makes it or breaks it in the western world as much as it is the case in this part of the region, so why were these people i came across making an issue out of BeitMisk. Could there be something i don't know?! To be honest, i wont judge as of yet but will seriously look in to this and find out what BeitMisk is all about.