Refreshing to see a non-Lebanese who has the same problem with the phrase ‘looks like Beirut’:

The other day I heard a celebrity describing the Santa Ana winds that blew through Southern California last week as having left parts of his neighborhood “looking like Beirut.”  It occurred to me then that when most Americans think of Beirut, they still consider the city as torn today as it was during its war, which lasted 15 years, from 1975 to 1990.  It goes to show how long it takes to alter people’s minds about certain images of a certain place.  Although a devastating period in history, it has been 20 years since that Beirut has been rebuilding itself.

I recommend reading marichi’s entire post as it has some great opinions on the construction in the capital as well as perceptions of Beirut today. Don’t miss the great set of pictures at the end.

Urban Religions