Once-bustling Baghdad boulevard dallies in disrepair | 2019-03-06 | daily-sun.com

Once-bustling Baghdad boulevard dallies in disrepair

6 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BAGHDAD: Behind the dilapidated storefronts and collapsing colonnades of Rasheed Street lie the treasures of the Iraqi capital’s cultural boom years: old cinemas, artisan shops and smoky cafes playing classic ballads, reports AFP.

But with young Iraqis listening to modern music and spending hours in hipster-style coffee shops, the boulevard that bustled non-stop in the 1970s is at risk of being passed over.

Authorities have tried to revive the street in recent weeks by removing the security checkpoints and concrete blast walls that lined Rasheed for years.

Announcing the move, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi extolled: “Rasheed Street is the memory of Baghdad.”