Al-Azhar Park

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Where there was once a dump, there is now green space. Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, Egypt grew out of a project of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, aimed at revitalizing the Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood and restoring and showcasing the area’s historic art and architecture.

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, once a rubble dump

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, once a rubble dump

For the full story of this transformation, check out this fantastic post from City Parks Blog, complete with links to a PBS video. One estimate cited in the project overview found that the amount of green space per resident of Cairo was about a footprint before Al-Azhar. I hope it’s a little better now.

Photo via Tines Egyptian

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