A lot of the buildings are in ruins. Although they look ancient, people there told me they are only about 50 years old. Some still have people living in them, but many of them are now being used as warehouses for local businesses.
These days you see a lot more of the cinder block and corrugated metal roof construction that appears on the right side of this photo. It's not as pretty as the mud brick buildings, but it lasts longer. Soon both types of buildings will be gone from this area. As I was walking around, I saw posters saying that the king had decreed that a park would be built in this location.
Here's a bonus photo. I snapped this as I walked past the mosque adjacent to the Saha al Adil (Square of Justice). This is where executions and punitive amputations are performed.