Grapevine: Huldai facing flak

Residents of the Gindi complex in Tel Aviv now have to take an 18-minute detour to enter and exit.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai (photo credit: FACEBOOK)
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai
(photo credit: FACEBOOK)
TEL AVIV Mayor Ron Huldai is coming in for a lot of flak. Actress and singer Hani Nachmias, who moved to Tel Aviv two years ago and lives in the Gindi complex in Sarona, posted an angry message to Huldai on her Facebook page, complaining bitterly about the inconsiderate manner in which the city issues building permits. The municipality has blocked the front entrance to the residential tower, meaning that residents who want to enter or exit have to take a detour that entails an 18-minute walk. But that’s not all. A fire broke out recently in one of the apartments. All the residents were asked to exit the building. Thankfully the fire was contained, but if it had spread, wrote Nachmias, it is possible that people would have been killed or seriously injured.
Huldai is also coming in for criticism for responding to Tel Aviv’s housing crisis with a plan to build apartments and commercial centers underground. The construction glut in Tel Aviv is amazing, with residential towers and office blocks reaching ever higher. But Tel Aviv is running out of land on which to build, and the solution as envisaged by Huldai is to go underground, where there is no natural light and where anyone who has a vitamin D deficiency would have to take a triple dose of supplements.
Urban planning experts are opposed to the idea because it will leave no room for underground car parks. As a result of all the construction that is currently visible, there is not enough room for all the cars on the roads, and it’s going to get a lot worse before – if ever – it gets better.
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