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Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Cairo Housing Market - Part 4

And with that population chart from Part 3 in mind, let's take a look at some of the buildings that were standing back in the time when Cairo's population and infrastructure were a good match.  Walking through downtown or Islamic Cairo, you catch a glimpse, occasionally, of a building and just stop to look.  What a city this must have been in the 1950s and before.

Let's start a mile or so from the pyramids.  This old house came into view as we approached the Ring Road from our outing to Kerdassa.  This was once a family residence.  A friend recalls it from the 1960s before any highway came very close.  Just crop the junk and the freeway out and take a closer look.
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Walking through Islamic Cairo we came upon this gem when walking with first time visitors Aliza and Alan.

Then there are the classic downtown buildings.  At various times residences or hotels, these are  buildings that show up in the pictures by Lehnert and Landrock.  Follow this link for a grand tour from the 1920s.
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