Street Stroll: Fit for a prime minister

Originally called Keren Kayemet Leyisrael Boulevard and now named for the first premier, this street has a long and illustrious history.

November 11, 2011 14:44
Memorial for terror victims on Ben-Gurion Blvd. TA

Ben Gurion Blvd memorial 311. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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For over four decades, David Ben-Gurion lived on and off in a modest house on Keren Kayemet Leyisrael Boulevard in Tel Aviv. In the morning, he could walk out of his little dwelling, look to the right, and enjoy a wonderful view of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Two years after he died, an architectural and commercial disaster called Atarim Square was built on the beach that would have completely blocked his view.

Nevertheless, this week’s Street Stroll begins atop that very plaza, for it marks the western end of David Ben-Gurion Boulevard. Originally named for the Jewish National Fund, which owned the land in the area, the boulevard now carries the name of its most famous resident.


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