Waging war over Emek Refaim

The residents are convinced that from the outset there was no intention to really check into the matter of rerouting the next leg of the Jeruslaem Light Rail.

December 8, 2016 16:21
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The German Colony in Jeruaslem

On Emek Refaim Street, the German Colony’s main drag.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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It is difficult to say what hurt more – the decision of Mayor Nir Barkat to reject all three alternatives to the planned path of the light rail’s Blue Line presented by the residents, or the feeling that it was all a masquerade and Barkat had never intended to seriously consider these proposals.

One reason for the residents’ anger is that when Barkat received the alternative report from a delegation of residents on November 30, he promised an answer within a week after reading it carefully. Yet it took him a mere 36 hours to publish an official announcement and press release declaring that he had decided to reject all three proposals and to stick to the original plan, along the German Colony’s Emek Refaim Street.


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