Sunday, August 2, 2009

Preventing A Pile Up




There's a serious housing shortage in most Jewish communities YESHA. People are in such a rush to move into
already lived in by others homes they've bought that they are doing renovations before the occupants can leave. And why can't they leave? That's because the house they're supposed to move into are still occupied. It's like some sort of pile up on the train tracks!

7 comments:

josh said...

In Ariel, since around Pesach this year, apartments and cottages have been selling at about a dozen a month on the last parcels of land that were approved for building a while ago. These are the last plots that were approved sometime during Olmert's government, partly for the refugees from Netzarim, but the original urban planning (taba) is not designed for large religious families who need larger homes and more public buildings and the contractor was not interested in too much negotiating either, so the Netzarim community had to pass.

Batya said...

Thanks for the input.

The left keeps trying to publicize people who want to leave, but more want to come to YESHA.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Josh, refugees are people who flee. Evacuees are people who are removed from a dangerous situation for their own good. People are evicted from a place they inhabit illegally. Expellee is the most common term, although one woman from Ma'alei Adumim corrected an expellee and said that the best term is exiled.
Hadassa

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
On a related note, what's the best way to answer a critic who claims that the only reason we have a housing shortage is because we won't build without permits, which isn't even completely true?
Hadassa

Batya said...

Hadassa, it's complex. Bottom line is that Moetzet YESHA is still dominated by the same people. And many of them don't want the noise and dirt of building near their homes where there are areas which can be built on. For instance, Ofra has nothing new because many old-timers want to convert their neighborhood to a "senior only" place.
Leadership is too set in their ways. We could use more 2 and 4 family homes to best utilize the available land.
A little enthusiasm and creativity and we'd increase population and increase the desire to live in yishuvim.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
But what do we tell people who say that we're a bunch of wimps for not building without permits? It's done on a small scale, but it just can't be done on a large scale because we don't have the backing - and I don't mean from the Knesset or even from the YESHA Council. The Arabs and Bedouins build thousands of units because they know that the government and the IDF will do nothing or next to nothing about it. That's not the case with us.
The people claiming that we're wimps are generally full of hot air, but they still have to be answered.

Batya said...

Hadassa, that's a good question. But actually, in some yishuvim there is land within the "approved" borders which isn't used for housing. There are also "grey" areas which aren't really problematic. I think that the Shomron may have less of that, because it's closer to Shechem. The Shiloh area has much easier building potential.

There's a big problem with money, because you can't get a mortgage for a lot of the potential housing areas. In situ caravans have been put up in the most problematic, and ours are filled with young couples, happy to rent them.