Michael Totten

It's a Nice Place, Actually

Beirut, Lebanon, is still “the poster child for urban disaster areas”:http://www.thisislichfield.co.uk/news/Fury-Beirut-slur-dead-man-s-estate/article-671670-detail/article.html in some parts of the world.

A comparison of the Weston Road and Dimbles Lane area in which Mr Eccles lived and died to ‘Beirut’ was described as ‘the last thing the area needs’ by Mr Bayliss…
“The area has got some problems, it does need help but the last thing it needs is being described as Beirut,” Mr Bayliss told the Mercury.
“We have got enough negativity — it isn’t bloody Beirut, there’s hundreds of good people here.
“I am livid about it.”

Beirut was named “the best travel destination in the world”:http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/11/travel/20090111_DESTINATIONS.html?8dpc in 2009 by the New York Times. “Here is one of my photo galleries”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2006/05/this-is-beirut-1.php.