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Living with Heritage in CairoArea Conservation in the ArabIslamic City$
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Ahmed Sedky

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162459

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162459.001.0001

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The Current Meaning of Historic Areas in Cairo

The Current Meaning of Historic Areas in Cairo

(p.3) 1 The Current Meaning of Historic Areas in Cairo
Living with Heritage in Cairo

Ahmed Sedky

American University in Cairo Press

The term “Historic Cairo” means the specific zone that is the focus of numerous area conservation and upgrading projects under the auspices of different governmental and international organizations. The entire zone of “Historic Cairo” is bounded by the northern city walls and Galal Street to the north; Port Said Street and the Metro to the west; al-Mansuriya Street and Salah Salim Highway and al-Qatamiya Highway to the east and squatters south of the Qasr al-Sham' area expanding southward as far as the access to al-Munib flyover. The main problem of Cairo's historic areas is the physical deterioration of every ancient urban fabric. Historic areas and informal settlements alike depend on a vulnerable economy, and suffer alike from a low-quality environment due to population density, especially in informal settlements, thus enabling landlords to offer low-rent dwellings.

Keywords:   conservation project, historic Cairo, physical deterioration, historic areas, informal settlements

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