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The 80′s refusing to leave: Shmeisani and the death of Ammani human-scale urban modernity

3/3/2013

Even as Amman is today starting to rediscover its old downtown, and its old neighborhoods like Jabal Amman’s First Circle and Rainbow Street and Jabal Al Luweibdeh, the blocks of Shmeisani are undergoing a intriguing process of death and, I want say “rebirth” but that would be too optimistic. It’s really a drawn out state of decline. It’s the stubborn hanging on of fragments of its past mixed with hopelessness, and a new future looming literally on the horizon.

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Taj Mall opens: the (still dusty) crown of Jordan’s shopping?

11/12/2011

I am not a mall fan. But you know what? I secretly wanted Taj Mall to be an example of perfection. Some proof that we in Amman can do something that reaches the best global standards.

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