Lod on the mend 312353

For years bankrupt and crime-ridden, the city is finally on the ascent

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
May 7, 2013 13:08
Lod

Lod521. (photo credit: Ouria Tadmor)

 
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The green municipal garbage bin outside Mariam al-Hen’s family house in Lod’s poorest Rakevet neighborhood had long been a source of frustration for the college student, with garbage always strewn about outside. She even attempted to rally her neighbors to take care of the trash as a project for one of her college classes but that was short-lived.

At the start of his tenure two years ago, Mayor Meir Nitzan also wondered why the neighborhood’s garbage never seemed to make it inside the bins. So he went to the people and asked. It turns out the children who were sent to throw out the garbage couldn’t reach the opening of the bins, so they just tossed it to the side. Nitzan brought in shorter bins and now, usually, says al-Hen who participates in a special student project – also initiated by Nitzan – volunteering with the neighborhood children, the garbage makes it inside.

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