I found this old footage showing military checkpoints back in 1975.
There are plenty of videos from that dark era between 1975 and 1990 that you can check [here].
Back in 1963, there was a tramway that passed right in front of the American University of Beirut. I found some old footage a while ago that you can see [here]. I always thought Bliss Street should be a car-free street and I hope this happens one day.
PS: It doesn’t look like they are taking good care of the tree as it has considerably shrunk.
Unfortunately, the slogan “Where East meets West” no longer applies.
This is an amazing map of Beirut from 1911, showing various places as they looked like at the break of the 19th and 20th centuries and shortly after the World War I. For those interested, the map is available for download in high-res and you can even have a printed copy delivered to you.