A few signs of improvement in Luxor.

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A few signs of improvement in Luxor.

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At last they are constructing the third and final flyover bridge that, like the other two, will span the Avenue of the Sphinx's. This third one is at the main cross roads leading up towards Mosque square. Soon this roadway will be closed as they are also removing one of the last sections which covers the Avenue. No idea where they intend diverting all the traffic. There are also around three hundred or so workers beavering away working in the Avenue, hundreds of stone sets waiting to go down, many tonnes of stone for the new retaining walls. They have top coated with tarmac the far road which runs parallel to the Avenue, so much better driving along that section now. All patches of open waste ground on that section have been planted out with greenery, so that will be more pleasing to the eye. The shops and frontages to all the houses along that stretch were painted a few months back. I think that the Avenue has only one large section to go to complete this long overdue project, behind the Christian church, although the section leading up to the rear of Karnak Temple is still in quite a deplorable state, even though they have spent a lot of cash and resources on that section, over three years ago. It all now needs re-doing. But all in all, things are looking better.


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Re: A few signs of improvement in Luxor.

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Not for the people who are due to lose their homes behind St Maria church.

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carrie wrote:Not for the people who are due to lose their homes behind St Maria church.
My friend and I was talking to a local man living there not that long ago, he mentioned that all the enforced demolitions had been completed. One building demolished had had no permit to build, but had stood there for forty years.
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Well a friend who lives there says they have been told that their house is to be demolished and he and his neighbors don't want to go.

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And I wouldn't want to go either, but this is Egypt, fate is determined on the toss of the coin, heads you loose, tails you loose.
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Dusak wrote:And I wouldn't want to go either, but this is Egypt, fate is determined on the toss of the coin, heads you loose, tails you loose.
You've got to admit that they handle this kind of thing more swiftly than we do in the UK.

No interminable reports, committees, planning enquiries, hearings, appeals, court judgements etc. etc. It's all done in a few hours, approved by a few individuals, and executed with the stroke of a pen in Cairo.

The actual implementation may, of course, take a bit longer - given the odd intervening revolution.

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Re: A few signs of improvement in Luxor.

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Dusak wrote:At last they are constructing the third and final flyover bridge that, like the other two, will span the Avenue of the Sphinx's. This third one is at the main cross roads leading up towards Mosque square. Soon this roadway will be closed as they are also removing one of the last sections which covers the Avenue. No idea where they intend diverting all the traffic. There are also around three hundred or so workers beavering away working in the Avenue, hundreds of stone sets waiting to go down, many tonnes of stone for the new retaining walls. They have top coated with tarmac the far road which runs parallel to the Avenue, so much better driving along that section now. All patches of open waste ground on that section have been planted out with greenery, so that will be more pleasing to the eye. The shops and frontages to all the houses along that stretch were painted a few months back. I think that the Avenue has only one large section to go to complete this long overdue project, behind the Christian church, although the section leading up to the rear of Karnak Temple is still in quite a deplorable state, even though they have spent a lot of cash and resources on that section, over three years ago. It all now needs re-doing. But all in all, things are looking better.
This truly is very good news, if as you say here Dusak this bridge is finally, after all these years, now being built it will be one of the final pieces in the 'jigsaw', where many other things will come into play.

Now we are to see what the original plan was all those years ago, the people of central Luxor will soon appreciate the fact that most city traffic will be banned from Station Street and the surrounding areas, including the main Square leading up to the Amellio Hotel and Savoy Street, where this final link will be removed to expose the last covered area of The Avenue. All local buses will be banned in this area, and all traffic to and from Karnack will be re-routed.

I expect in the very near future, the residents of Luxor will soon become aware of a 'Berlin Wall' divide in that city. West of The Avenue will become the so called open air museum,.....if a local has no business in that area, he or she will have no right to be there, what so ever. This has been the plan for the past 20 years, with central government involvement, I do not think a few locals will be able to get in the way of such progress.

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I have to agree with Carrie on this, the people should come first before ostentatious buildings and inhuman projects get money spent on them. People make a country! Like another poster, if stupid money is spent and the people feel that they have been cast aside another impending revolution gets closer.
Its ridiculous to treat human beings the way they are getting treated.

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Re: A few signs of improvement in Luxor.

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carrie wrote:Well a friend who lives there says they have been told that their house is to be demolished and he and his neighbors don't want to go.
Your friend here Carrie should think themselves lucky, under the Egyptian idea of a compulsory purchase order of the past, as with the case of the West Bank hill people, they got moved to a housing estate where houses were falling apart long before the estate had been completed.

For those who's memory in Luxor goes only that far back, I can tell you very clearly that was nothing when we compare this with the disgraceful antics of the then Luxor City Council in dealing with the poor people and their homes in old Karnack village.

Some on here may remember when they closed the road from the old Etap Hotel upto Luxor Museum, there were many shops, not one of these were given any compensation what so ever. The authorities told them that they had no intention of closing them down, they would simply prevent ALL people, tourists and locals from walking along that road, which they did, and to prove the point, they positioned police offices on both ends of the then closed road.

Next time you see your friend Carrie, you might remind him or her of those days, and to cheer them up, by adding, things are not as bad as the old days, plus the fact that the property is based in the city centre, so who knows they may hold a party out of the compo money. :wi .

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