Triple benefit

By JOEL HABER
August 4, 2017 09:39

Why I support the light rail on Emek Refaim.




Triple benefit

The light rail [seen here at the Ammunition Hill station] could destroy Emek Refaim Street: Give the road back to the neighborhood.. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Two weeks ago, this publication printed a piece in which city council member Fleur Hassan-Nahoum explained her opposition to running the light rail’s new Blue Line along Emek Refaim Street. While I know and respect Hassan-Nahoum both personally and as a dedicated legislator, I believe that she and the others who oppose this plan are shortsighted and misguided. The Blue Line on Emek Refaim would be good for the city overall, would improve the lives of residents in the area and would even benefit the businesses along the German Colony’s main street.

Emek Refaim was never designed for the use it sees today. When it was first built as the central road of the Templer neighborhood in the 1800s, there was nothing to the south of it, and even well into the 20th century the road primarily served to connect the area to the center of the city to its north. Countless photos even well into the 1990s attest to its character as a quiet, unclogged street with shops that served the neighborhood that surrounded them.

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