The GAM launched the second phase of its master plan, calling it the “Corridor Intensification Strategy”. Essentially it focuses on 10 major streets in Jordan that are being targeted for development. Zahran street, running between the 1st and 8th circle, seems to be the center of attention; with the corridor between the 5th and 8th circle being called the Ammani Boulevard (of broken dreams). Arar street as well as the Airport road are also receiving a bulk of the attention in this plan. What is interesting to note about the designs is the fact that none of them are skyscrapers but rather low rise buildings that are a mix of residential and commercial, making room for green spaces while introducing a lot of the traditional Ammani architectural influences. But I’m not an architect, so what do I know other than it looks shiny and pretty.
Also interesting to note about the second phase is the push for a metro system in Amman to enhance public transportation, which in my opinion is at the root of all city life woes and will continue to be with Amman’s population expected to reach 6 million by 2025.
Here’s a visual look at some of the plans based on the Mayor’s presentation.
Zahran Street (before):
Zahran Street | Amman Boulevard (5th and 8th circle):
Arar Street (before):
Arar Street (after):
Arar Street (development area):
A series of community meetings will be held in the next few weeks to allow the public to discuss these plans and give their two piasters.
Location: King Hussein Cultural Center
Date & Topic:
June 24: Zahran
June 26: Mecca
July 1: Queen Rania & Queen Alia
July 2: Prince Shaker Bin Zaid, Hussein Bin Ali
July 8: Arar, Kindi
July 10: Abdullah Ghosheh & Airport Road
July 15: King Abdullah II
July 17: Airport Corridor Concept Plan