Mar Mikhael is full of heritage buildings, on both sides of the main road and throughout the alleys. Appreciating them at events like this might make it harder for the government and private corporations to tear them down, which they are trying desperately to do.
What’s also great about this event is that–in addition to rollerblading– it encourages other anti-polluting forms of travel:
As well as street artists and street performers, which are banned in other parts of town:
Even the police showed some interest:
The car-free day also made possible open-air street markets or souks, most of which have been wiped out of the capital by developers.
There were even free beverages:
Easy there, cowboy: