Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mit Uqba

An ancient Village became part of chaotic Metropolis.. Reflects horrors of Warsaw WWII.. Landmarks failed city managers.. and survives as tangible condemnation of the long term and bizarre Cairo Urbanity..

100,000 capita on 100 acres of urban land.. Became in the heart of a City.. with lots of challenges of regenerations and development..

Does any NGO initiative capable to revolutionize the rotten processing of urban mismanagement and tycoon land grabbers..?

What is the People's Powers..?

Every day, thousands of cars travel along the 26 July Axis, the “Miḥwar” link between the heart of Cairo and its outskirts, the sprawling satellite cities of 6th of October and Sheikh Zāyid. The Miḥwar then cuts through the area between Zamālik and Tirsāna sporting clubs from one side, and Lebanon Square and Mīt `Uqba from the other. Many see Mīt `Uqba as they pass over it or hear about it in the newspaper; they might consider it one of Gīza’s informal areas that has grown recently in flagrant defiance to the modern Muhandisīn neighborhood and its organized urbanism. What is not understood, however, is that they are crossing over one of the oldest urban communities in the Gīza Governorate, one which was established more than a century ago to manage the surrounding agricultural land. In short, Mīt `Uqba was never a ‘random’ or ‘informal’ area or a flaw in the existing urban order, but rather the original urban order itself which the Muhandisīn district gradually grew around. Muhandisīn itself was only established in the 1950s as an area of single-story villas, and grew rapidly in the early 1970s until Mīt `Uqba was completely surrounded by it.

1 comment:

  1. Mit Uqba is more known to Arab Expats Students; who had studied in 1970th Cairo, rather than to Cairoeans of all times..!!
    Greetings to all colleagues, who had poorly lived within, wealthily around or adventurously shopped groceries and drugs from its markets and street vendors..!!!