One more brick wall

The freeze imposed by the government on any new construction in these neighborhoods has raised the ire of most city council representatives.

July 14, 2016 16:38
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Meir Turgeman

Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman, head of the local planning and construction committee. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Here is a story of positive decisions born in sin, as has happened more than once in political circles. Plans for construction in several neighborhoods, which have been waiting for the green light for quite some time, were finally approved recently – but under such negative circumstances that it gives one pause.

The urgent need for housing solutions for Jerusalem’s young couples and families is public knowledge. Since the famous Safdie plan – to extend construction in the city, while sacrificing some of the capital’s last green lungs – was canceled, the last few areas in which to build exist only in the post-1967 neighborhoods: Gilo, Har Homa, Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev. But there are no other real options in Jerusalem in which to build the thousands of sorely needed housing units.


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