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'Cidade Murada' no Paquistão passa por regeneração

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The historic Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan, is a maze of narrow streets, busy bazaars and unplanned tenements.

But now the area is receiving a makeover.

Underground, sewage pipes and electricity cables are being laid; while at street level, wooden doors and terracotta tiles are making a comeback.

The authorities hope all this will make the area more attractive to tourists.

Transcrição em português

A histórica Cidade Murada de Lahore, no Paquistão, é um labirinto de ruelas apertadas, bazares e cortiços.

Mas agora a área está passando por uma renovação.

Canos de esgoto e cabos de eletricidade subterrâneos estão sendo instalados; nas ruas, portas de madeira e telhas de terracota estão de volta.

As autoridades esperam que tudo isso torne a área mais atraente para os turistas.

Vocabulary

maze

tenements large buildings divided into apartments, usually in a poor area of the city

a makeover a set of changes intended to make a person or place more attractive

sewage pipes tubes through which waste water and human waste is carried away from houses and buildings

terracotta hard, baked clay; often red/brown in colour

Exercise

maze / tenements / makeover / sewage pipes / terracotta

1. The cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010 near a camp for UN soldiers, where there were leaking ________. Some human waste was also dumped near a river outside the camp.

2. The entrance to Hillfield Gardens in London Road has had a ________ as part of a Gloucester City Council scheme to renovate structures in local parks.

3. Dhakki is a ________ of narrow streets and alleyways, winding up and around a hill that flanks Peshawar's oldest and most famous street, Qissa Khwani - the street of the storytellers.

4. It is difficult to visualise, but until the nineteenth century much of the site now occupied by Parliament Square was a labyrinth of medieval alleys and lanes crammed with shops, slums, taverns and _________ that harboured Westminster's notorious thieves and vagabonds.

5. Thomas Hardy even referred to Reading as "Aldbrickham", the old brick town, in his novel Jude the Obscure.

Most of the town's Georgian and Victorian buildings are built of locally-produced brick, tile and ________.

Answers

Source: Haiti cholera victims threaten to sue the UN http://bbc.in/1bD3ZKG

2. The entrance to Hillfield Gardens in London Road has had a makeover as part of a Gloucester City Council scheme to renovate structures in local parks.

Source: Hillfield Gardens gates in Gloucester restored http://bbc.in/1fxCNgj

3. Dhakki is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, winding up and around a hill that flanks Peshawar's oldest and most famous street, Qissa Khwani - the street of the storytellers.

Source: Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan, Dilip Kumar and the Peshawar club http://bbc.in/1akzDsk

4. It is difficult to visualise, but until the nineteenth century much of the site now occupied by Parliament Square was a labyrinth of medieval alleys and lanes crammed with shops, slums, taverns and tenements that harboured Westminster's notorious thieves and vagabonds.

Source: The hidden history of Westminster http://bbc.in/15oPKBP

5. Thomas Hardy even referred to Reading as "Aldbrickham", the old brick town, in his novel Jude the Obscure.

Most of the town's Georgian and Victorian buildings are built of locally-produced brick, tile and terracotta.

Source: Reading's chalk mines leave legacy for home owners http://bbc.in/18S9V1c