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Sunday, July 06, 2008
Dear Moshe Feiglin,

Last week you wrote an unexpected piece on the Bridge of Strings in Jerusalem in Makor Rishon. You are against it.

Moshe, what is going on here? Why are you beating the dead horse of a done deal? The bridge is built, and now Jerusalem will have to upkeep it. Period.

If you are already deciding to address the politics of Jerusalem, instead of your unusual and interesting takes on Israeli politics, why didn’t you address the real problems instead of this red herring?

You could have discussed the lack of planning of housing for young native Israelis in the town, perhaps even demanded that certain areas be zoned as tourist free in terms of home sales for a period of 3 years.

You could have discussed how the city engineer is killing off the city center by turning the entire area into a pedestrian walk, and making access by cars almost impossible – driving car owners to the malls, Emek Refaim, Mamilla (with ample parking) and local shopping instead.

You could have asked what the point of making a public transportation lane is, when taxi drivers freely use both, and subsequently cause traffic jams as they slowly cruise for customers and let them in and out in the single lane designated for private cars.

You could have asked why they haven’t fixed the permanent traffic jam at Tzomet Pat – and there is an easy solution for it.

Or better yet, why the city’s engineering department doesn’t plan to fix Tzomet Pat, as they are explicitly trying to drive traffic around to the Malcha roads, and using the traffic jams as incentive. (Call them and ask them about the traffic jam, they will tell you to take the Malcha road instead).

You might have questioned how the city has (or had at least) a municipal lawyer who didn’t see his job as helping the mayor promote his projects or find ways to do so properly, but rather consistently find legal excuses to block any plans.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Moshe, you aren’t familiar with Jerusalem’s problems. Please, next week, go back to promoting your position as future Prime Minister and head of the Likud.




Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Have you sent this him?

BTW - every politician took a position on the bridge, so its not surprising he didn't take a position either.

BTW - it may be cheaper to dismantle the bridge and build a maintenance free one for a fraction of the cost.

I bet it would pay for itself in 10 years (or less, depending on how bad the current bridge might turn falling down)

mevaseretzion said...

OK, why are you so mad today.

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