Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rainbow Street

Sitting on the balcony of a friend's house at the end of Rainbow Street this evening set me to thinking how the lives of residents can be changed when an area is allowed to open cafes, restaurants etc. You cannot park your car, in fact you cannot even drive in or out of the area without encountering badly parked vehicles, cars waiting to be valet parked, signs in the road that stop you from parking (I did not know that commercial premises could own their piece of road). And the noise! Revving engines, loud radios booming out, impatient drivers using their horns and people shouting and talking. And all this until well into the night.

I hope that my street does not get a makeover! T


Blogger Rabe'e Nabil Abdel Wahab said...

You may say that it is very noisy and packed , but in the same time , thats why it is RAINBOW STREET.

i agree that living there wont be a nice thing to do to yourself , :D , but in the same time it is very very nice to walk there at night , or to go for a cup of coffee in one of its cafes

Tuesday, August 19, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

Thanks for your comments, Rabe'e and your point of finding Rainbow street a pleasant place to visit at night is well taken. I think, however, the main point that 'T' was making was that the municipality created a public area within residential section of town. This is most distrespectful to those who live there. In many cities zoning is known and respected and it is unlawful to violate zoning codes. ASH

Wednesday, August 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought we want Amman to become a lively place with a soul - I would find it amusing/entertaining if my dull and boring Rabieh street turned into a healthy place were people from all walks of life can walk/talk/eat ice cream/falafel...laugh for a change and etc. I think its high time that people had a public space were they can interact together as citizens and stay away from their boxed-in stone fortresses, and considering that most of Amman is residential areas, those esteemed rich residential neighbourhoods are bound to become close to public space. I say hurrah! for Amman becoming a city that is fun and alive. And FYI there are restrictions on those areas regarding building laws and what can and cannot be turned into a restaurant/cafe/bar...i think it would be nice if we can be more constructive about change, and instead of totally disagreeing, maybe we can suggest how things can be done better. Some examples of areas thatw ere residential and that turned into public spaces from around the world: George IV (Paris) / Old Damascus (Syria) / Hight Street Kensington (London) / ....list can go on forever, this is a natural progression of all cities and its a little unfair to keep expecting Amman to stay as a village.

Monday, September 15, 2008  

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