No train in my backyard

“We must be realistic about the political realities… We are unlikely to get anywhere by opposing any of the proposed extensions of the light rail system.”

July 10, 2016 13:40
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Emek Refaim

German Colony residents argue that it makes much more sense to run the light rail’s new Blue Line down Harakevet Street, in place of Emek Refaim (pictured). (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The young man spoke softly, but the emotion was palpable. In opening his speech, Assaf Obsfeld, the owner of several coffee shops on Emek Refaim Street and elsewhere in the city center, put it simply and clearly: In his view, the plan to run the next light rail line through the German Colony’s major thoroughfare is nothing less than a death sentence for his business.

On Monday evening, at least 200 residents of the German Colony, Katamon and surroundings attended a meeting at Beit Yehudit (the Ginot Ha’ir local council) to hear more about what has become a major concern for these neighborhoods – the next line of the light rail, the Blue Line.


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