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Monday, June 20, 2011

Jerusalem, Always Changing

Will I ever get used to the Jerusalem Calatrava String Bridge, which dominates the Jerusalem skyline?  Whether I think it was wise to build, or safe for the train isn't relevent.  You just can't ignore it, not from any angle.

And soon, the Central Bus Station will be hidden by a massive new housing project.  No, if you're wondering, it isn't being built for the "ordinary people," עמך amcha who are most dependent for public transportation.


Anonymous said...

why do you say its not for amcha? its for getting to tel aviv in a jiffy. this is good for everybody.

Batya said...

a, the "it" = massive new housing project

Keli Ata said...

From the peanut gallery...the bridge seems out of place Jerusalem. Somehow non-biblical.

Not that I expect Israelis to be walking around like they did in biblical times, but this bridge does seem out of place.

I hope the massive housing doesn't change the general feel and look of Jerusalem. But I've never been there so I can't really say.

Hadassa said...

Keli, I liken the bridge to the pyramid by I. Pei (Did I get the name right?) outside of the Louvre in Paris. Both structures are nice, but visually they clash.

Batya said...

Keli, sorry, but this isn't Bibleland. We're not in a museum. Jerusalem is a vibrant modern city. Within the walled city, it's something else with much older buildings.

The bridge does clash with the general design here of stone boxy building, right, Hadassa?

Shy Guy said...

The problem isn't so much the bridge's clashing design as is the total lack of even the semblance of decent architecture anywhere within the vicinity of the bridge. The surrounding areas are mostly slummy looking.

Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

I actually think the bridge sort of resembles a harp. incidentally, the Hebrew name (Gesher HaMetarim) reflects this. in English, when you say "String Bridge" it sounds like it is made of twine (and maybe paper mache and bubble gum too...). but the word "metarim" refers to the strings of a stringed instrument, not ordinary string-for-tying-up-packages. if it were up to me, I would use as its English name "The Harp Bridge" rather than "The String Bridge".

Batya said...

Shy, you exagerrate, but for sure nothing suits the magestic look of the bridge.

Leah, good point.