Whether we like to admit it or not, every single one of us is a fan of a good, juicy, dramatic story — especially when it’s from the Middle East. Earlier this month, AUB Neighborhood Initiative posted a one-of-a-kind story that gave us a lot of feels, but before we delve into that, let’s talk about how The Neighborhood Initiative mobilizes the full power of the American University in Beirut’s (intellectual, human, corporate) for the public good in Ras Beirut.
Promoting the neighborhood’s livability, vitality, and diversity through innovative outreach activities and multidisciplinary research. The mission of the Neighborhood Initiative echoes the mission of the university at large, highlighting the importance of service and civic responsibility, beginning just outside campus walls.
Take a moment or two to mentally prepare yourself for the story that takes petty to a whole new level. Introducing the Grudge Building of Manara: it’s the thinnest building that you can come across in the city, the edge of which is no wider than one meter. The useless building was built by a brother who held grudges against his sibling to block his property’s sea view!