The buildings and structures in Baghdad that were once a symbol of the problems besetting the capital are being transformed in a reclaimed and reborn city.
Three years ago the Palestine Hotel was struck by a cement truck bomb that shook its foundations and literally lifted the building up in the air. The attack killed at least five Iraqi police officers and a civilian, blowing out all the windows in the lobby and destroying many of the rooms upstairs.
The Palestine Hotel is not terribly busy now, but it is rebuilt and running, open for business once again. And it's not the only structure that stands as a symbol for the new Baghdad.
Iraqis are painting and decorating T-walls, the giant prefabricated concrete barriers that separate neighborhoods and streets and help maintain security in the capital.