Grapevine: Municipal goodwill

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December 27, 2018 07:03
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Grapevine: Municipal goodwill

‘I DESPERATELY want to see the good in Jerusalem’s new mayor [Moshe Lion, shown here after his win in the second round on November 13]... [and that] he will deliver on his campaign slogan of being a mayor for all residents.’. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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■ IT’S TOO early into his tenure to give Mayor Moshe Lion credit for the major improvements that have taken place in recent weeks in some Jerusalem neighborhoods, where potholes and deep fissures have disappeared as streets have been paved and tarred, spaces for cars have been designated by diagrams on the road, new dumpsters have been installed along with metal frames to hold them in place. The only complaint about all this goodwill coming from City Hall is the use of inferior materials.

Many of the new tiles are already cracked and broken. On the other hand, that’s one way to ensure that city workers can remain employed – because eventually such tiles will have to be replaced. Meanwhile, Lion has succeeded in forming a coalition, but is still lacking in majority support.

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