Um Hassan moved to Tarik Al Jadidah in 1982, when she was an 18-year-old mother of two. She came from the south and married a relative who was living in Beirut. Em Hassan is now in her 50s and lives in the same neighborhood in Tarik Al Jadidah, but in a new house after being evicted from her previous house three years ago. Between her old house and her new one is a small open space, sheltered from the sun and rain by a cloth awning no larger than 2 meters per side. This open space represents the past, present, and future of Um Hassan’s housing. You can find her there every afternoon, drinking coffee and smoking a cigarette. To her right is a window of the house she lived in for 34 years, which is no longer hers. Directly in front of her is the door to a house that, by purchasing it, offered her a chance to stay in Beirut. During a series of chats in this space, we come to know Um Hassan’s story and the neighborhood’s residents’ struggles to stay here in the face of real estate pressures.
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