Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

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December 7, 2017 22:02
Though the light rail’s Blue Line has been approved, the fate of its 1.1-kilometer segment on Emek R

Though the light rail’s Blue Line has been approved, the fate of its 1.1-kilometer segment on Emek Refaim Street (pictured) is undecided. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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Green light for the Blue Line
The district planning and construction committee has approved the next line of the light rail – the Blue Line. Although the committee approved the line, it left undecided for the moment the fate of the 1.1-kilometer Emek Refaim Street segment. Following vocal opposition from area residents, the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan staff is weighing alternatives. Mayor Nir Barkat supports the original Emek Refaim route, which activists fear would be harmful to the neighborhood and Mesila Park. German Colony residents who created an association and proposed a solution with a tunnel running under Harakevet Street are convinced that their proposal will be accepted. The Master Plan staff has three months to reach its conclusion.

History is here
A historic agreement has been reached to guarantee the long-term stability and development of the most advanced digital projects related to Hebrew manuscript research. The National Library of Israel and the Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society are merging the cutting-edge resources of FJMS with the NLI’s vast collection.

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