An interesting Monocle interview with Lebanese aristocrat Lady Yvone Cochrane on urban planning in Beirut and its “collapse from an architectural point of view.” She is disgusted by the inconsistency of urban growth and planning in modern Lebanon. Cochrane states that in addition to the exodus of large numbers of young Christians, “all civilized, educated Muslims, they’re all leaving. We’re going to be left with the bottom of the barrel. Yes, that’s the trouble.” Cochrane believes that “only a sort of confederation, Swiss type, with Syria will save Lebanon, after all, we were always a part of Syria” with Lebanon and Syria “united by a common direction”. An interesting point of view.
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