Holyland construction project 521.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Plans for the renewal of Jerusalem were this week presented to the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee, which may approve major changes that will not only revamp the face and character of Jerusalem, but will cause great anguish and inconvenience to many of the city’s residents – especially those who were previously unaware that their lives would be affected.
Urban renewal began on a relatively modest scale during the administration of Ehud Olmert. True, some of the projects he pushed through, or to which he turned a blind eye, contributed to his conviction on charges of corruption and resulted in a spell in prison; but compared to what’s in store for the city, this was really peanuts, even though the Holyland project continues to dominate the skyline like an open wound on the urban landscape. Uri Lupolianski took urban renewal somewhat further, and Nir Barkat, further still.But it appears that Moshe Lion wants to surpass all his predecessors, including Teddy Kollek, who was regarded as a latter-day Herod.
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