Saturday, May 12, 2012
Ariel Building Freeze Thawing
During the past few weeks I found myself traveling through Ariel a few times. I know that it had been suffering severely from the Jews only building freeze.
Ariel is a Jewish City in Samaria, just fifteen minutes from Shiloh. At least the university end of the city is fifteen minutes away. The section where a Rami Levy, Ariel Mall is slated to be built is another five minutes from us.
Driving along the outer road, we see lots of signs indicating building plans and some actual building.
Ariel is a "mixed city" with a very varied population. There is an active culture life, because there are many immigrants from FSU (the former Soviet Union.) As I mentioned earlier, there is a large and growing university. In recent years many Shiloh kids return home after the army and National Service to study in nearby Ariel. When my daughters were university age, the college was just starting and had very little to offer them.
Some of our neighbors take advantage of the nearby government offices in Ariel instead of traveling much further to Jerusalem. There's also a discount supermarket at the "far (from Shiloh) end."
I'm not sure exactly how many homes, apartments are under construction, but projects in Ariel are generally large. The larger Ariel grows the better for us and the entire country.