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500-Plus Trees to Be Cut Down in Heliopolis to Make Way for New Bridge

Abu Bakr El Sediq street is to witness a green massacre, and it's already started.

500-Plus Trees to Be Cut Down in Heliopolis to Make Way for New Bridge

As Heliopolis residents gear up to celebrate the reopening of the iconic Baron Empain Palace this October, less-than-desirable news has emerged from the upscale neighborhood. As seen on several social media posts, Abu Bakr El Sediq Street - the district's greenest and biggest road - is to be the location of a new bridge, which residents say has led construction companies to begin uprooting the street's 500-plus trees, as reported by photojournalist Michel Hanna, who added that the removal of trees has already started at the area of the Heliopolis Court. The bridge is part of a development plan for the neighborhood which aims at increasing mobility and tackling the street's notorious rush hour. The news come a few days after the total removal of Heliopolis' vintage tram was finalised, which was also met by dismay from local residents, with most suggesting that upgrading the tram network would have been a more practical solution.

Calls to halt the annihilation of the streets' greenery are picking up steam on social media.

Photos by Michel Hanna