Uncertain but necessary: street vending in Tunis

In post revolutionary Tunis, the streets are filled with vendors selling peeled cactus fruits, home- made muffins, cheap underwear, make-up products and fake perfumes. The counterfeit fragrances are mostly brought up from neighboring Algeria and Libya. Trade is brisk around Place Barcelone at the city center with vendors peddling smuggled wares and buyers flocking for […]

Urban sprawl plagues Tunis

“The city of Tunis is in decay, all the solutions to solve its unpreparedness to shore up with the pace of its population growth are exhausted,” says Nabil Montassar, a Tunisian anthropologist. “I suggest that Kairouan becomes the capital, first because of its central location and its moderate proximity and nearness to most country’s governorates. […]

Fractured identities in Tunis

As you walk through the Ibn Khaldun neighborhood, seven kilometers from downtown Tunis, the unaccomplished state of the area becomes immediately apparent. Since the 1970s Ibn Khaldun has been in constant flux, as residents continuously re-build their houses. Ibn Khaldun is no anomaly. Cities across Tunisia  are rapidly changing, a reflection of Tunisian’s own crisis […]

An uncertain urban future for Tunis?

Echoes of street poetry resonate in the dusty domes and alleys of the Medina of Tunis. On breezy evenings in April, culturally sensitive youth crowded through the  gate of the ‘Beb Bhar’(Port de France) entrance, thirsty for poetry, music and art of the spectacular ‘‘KlemShera3’’ (street poetry) event. This spectacular show is just one of […]