Tripoli, also known as ”Al-Fayhaa”, is the second capital of Lebanon, the capital of the north. While these titles lead us to believe that Tripoli serves as a crucial economic and development center for the entire northern region, as it was reflected in the national physical master plan of the Lebanese territories (2009), however, it is a completely different picture in reality. The city’s inhabitants have become accustomed to patterns of land theft. This study investigates how the authorities handled the cases of both the riverine and maritime Tripoli (i.e., the Mina), and the implications of their policies on people’s housing rights, particularly in informal settlements. Furthermore, this research delves into the urban, residential, and environmental crises that have emerged in these areas as a direct outcome of the state’s plans and policies toward the city.
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