City Doesn't Have Affordable Housing, Three quarters of Beirut Residents Say
A survey conducted by regional job portal Bayt.com indicated that 42% of Lebanese residing in Beirut consider that the availability of jobs in the capital is "poor",
the highest percentage among respondents in 20 cities in the Middle East and North Africa, as reported by Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank newsletter.
Also, 20% of participants labeled the avail- ability of jobs in Beirut as "bad", the sixth highest percentage among cities in the region, while 30% of respondents consider it to be "average" and 4% of survey participants view the availability of jobs in Beirut as "excellent".
As such, 62% of Lebanese respondents consider that the availability of jobs in Beirut is "poor" or "bad", the highest such percentage in the region. Beirut was followed by Amman and Aleppo where 60% of respondents in each city share the same view about the availability of jobs in their cities.
The survey asked participants to rank a number of factors about the city where they reside on a five-point scale ranging from "bad" to "excellent". The survey was conducted between June 24 and July 4, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, Aleppo, Alexandria, Algiers, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Damascus, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama, Marrakech, Muscat, Rabat, Riyadh, Sharjah and Tunis. The survey covered a sample of 113 respondents in Beirut.
Further, the survey revealed that 47% of Lebanese respondents consider that the availability of affordable housing in Beirut is "bad", the third high- est percentage in the region behind Damascus and Algiers where 58% and 51% of residents, respectively, share the same opinion about affordable housing in their city. Overall, 74% of Lebanese respondents believe that the availability of affordable housing in Beirut is "poor" or "bad", the second highest percentage after Damascus where 76% of its residents share a similar view about their city. Also, 86% of Beirut residents think that the cost of living in the city is "high" or "very high", the highest such percentage in the MENA region by far.
In parallel, the survey said that Beirut was among the top five cities in the region on 12 everyday life elements that affect residents' life in the city. Beirut was highly rated on the availability and quality of health care facilities, the availability of a wide range of entertainment venues, the availability and quality of educational facilities, and the ease of access to convenience stores in residential areas. However, the survey revealed that Beirut's residents consider as major issues the lack of walkways and footpaths for pedestrians, traf- fic congestion, the poor accessibility and the quality of public transportation system, the poor availability of utility systems, and the non-existence of parks and community gardens.
STRATEGIES & PLANS
A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.