Beirut is a city of change. Not too long ago I found some evidence of that, an on-line stash of pictures of Beirut taken in 1965. If you have the time go ahead and follow this link and browse around. It'll show you around 80 pictures of Beirut back in the day.
What amazes me about these pictures is how little I recognize. So much has changed. But this one looked very familiar.
Those distinctive rotund balconies are still there, and it looks like parking in this part of town has always been a problem.
Other elements of the surroundings have transformed. There are lots of new (and tall) buildings, and the facades have changed. The tall yellow towers carry electrical wires, though it looks like the wooden one (attached to the side of the building in the center) in the first picture is still there now.
It's a little hard to see, but yeah, that's McDonalds and Hard Rock Cafe down the road.
I could do a lot more like this, pairing shots of the old Beirut (that I can track down) with a current image. If you'd like to see others like this, let me know in the comments.