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“Catastrophic,” is how Mohamed Dessouki, a campaigner, heritage enthusiast, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) chose to describe the changes to Alexandria’s corniche in recent years. ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean’ and ‘The Mermaid of the Mediterranean’ are only some of the names given to the city of Alexandria. Yet, today, this is not how Alexandrians picture the once-beautiful city. As the second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria is home to Egypt’s…