The value of election promises
According to the report, Huldai and his personal advisers produced a draft document of their plans for the city just before he became mayor in November, 1998.
By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
November 18, 2007 07:51
1 minute read.
Mayor Ron Huldai will have been at Tel Aviv's helm for exactly 10 years when municipal elections take place next year, and Yediot Tel Aviv has dug up his campaign promises from 1998 to see how many of them he has fulfilled. The newspaper found that out of six "flagship projects" Huldai planned, just one has actually been carried out.
According to the report, Huldai and his personal advisers produced a draft document of their plans for the city just before he became mayor in November, 1998. His six "flagship" plans were: a mass transit project to alleviate traffic and parking problems; a complete renovation of Kikar Rabin including an underground parking lot; an extensive renewal project for streets in central Tel Aviv; redevelopment of the beach and promenade; construction of small and medium-sized hotels to draw in more tourists; and the closing of the Glilot fuel site. The report said that nine years later, while a beginning has been made on several of the projects, only the last one has actually been carried out.
A municipal spokesman responded that Huldai's "vision" of turning Tel Aviv-Jaffa from a neglected city into a blossoming one has been realized, and the quality of life for residents has "improved in all areas - education, culture, cleanliness, green areas and environmental quality."
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