Jerusalem Looking Up and Down

There are days Jerusalem feels like one big construction site. Taking advantage of the pleasant weather, I walked around to see what’s new on the Jerusalem streets and to share with you.

The lights are on again at the Israel Museum as night events are returning.

The corner where King George Street becomes Keren Hayesod Street near Paris Fountain is so dangerous for pedestrians, we now have a crossing guard. The sidewalk is so ripped up, sometimes two men are on duty.

The street adjacent to the new National Library is finally without any visible construction equipment.

Walk past the library you see the new government offices rising to the sky.

Walk around them and look across the Begin Highway to the new hi-rise apartments of Kiryat Moshe. A row of these is planned to replace the old smaller dwellings. The row of three hotels near the city entrance which used to be considered tall is dwarfed in comparison.

And then there is the Jerusalem Gateway project!

When the gate was open, I entered hoping to find a shortcut. I had a meeting near the main bus station, an area of Jerusalem that has continually changed over the past three years.

As always, my shortcuts end up taking longer. However what a sight this was, digging down and down.

This was a photo taken in 2012 of the Jerusalem Gateway project.

These photos are of the same part of Jaffa Road as it is now.

And a closer look at the construction rising well above ground level.

Nearby is the old Shaare Zedek Hospital on Jaffa Road that has had several tenants since the last patient left its stone walls. The 5th Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art is set to open here on November 11th.

The area behind it and the blue fence is to be a major building project.

Construction cranes and wires obstruct the view of the Chord Bridge.

Looking down its seems that it will be a long time before this is finished.

But all around Jerusalem, the development projects start by digging down.

Then look up and there’s more being lifted in and out of building sites.

Our local builder buddies ask for their photos often when I walk by.

Who remembers when this hotel was the only tall building in Jerusalem?

The Hilton Hotel, which became the Crowne Plaza, is now the Vert Hotel.

But, soon it will have competition for the tallest hotel and King George Street will have a new look.

Seeing the second group of foreign tourists greeted in the Vert lobby was exciting. Hopefully, international tourism will begin again. Individual visitors, not just groups, have a possibility to come into Israel as of November 1, 2021. But, there is a long list of legal requirements to enter.

This is the view of Cinema City and the Supreme Court from the Vert.

Another view over the new residential buildings and hotel.

And my favorite, the view of Nachalot, on a clear evening, with the mountains in Jordan visible on the other side of the Dead Sea.

Attending an event in the Vert Presidential Suite, I took a little tour for you

and checked out the loo in the impressive Presidential Suite.

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Oh, what a view at night!

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No matter which direction, day or night, the Jerusalem streets are impressive to walk or stroll or to run.

Here’s hoping the 11th Jerusalem Marathon is again an international one.

And next? Check out the options from 131 Open Houses later this month.

Jerusalem Building Up and Up

Jerusalem Building Up and Up

Jerusalem has a serious lack of affordable housing. There is no lack of luxury units in fancy neighborhoods with overseas owners that are empty most of the year.

Once the 20,000 housing unit Safdie Plan was shot down in 2007 by environmental protests, prices were bound to go up and up.

I am not against green spaces.

Nature Center in Jerusalem Israel

It was great to see children at activities over the holidays in the Nature Center.

If you remember The Nature Center  was set to be sold to developers.

Take a walk around a few old Jerusalem streets.

Building in Jerusalem on Jaffa Road

When walking on Jaffa Road, this site was under construction,

Jaffa Road new building Jerusalem Israel

and now the new building impressively rises above the street.

Jerusalem WeWork building site Israel

A few weeks ago We Work was a huge construction site.

How will they open in October as announced?

Lights on Jerusalem Israel WeWork building

I saw that one small section of the WeWork building was lit up at night.

So it must be opening in stages – sounds like good planning.

Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem Israel

The Museum of Tolerance building has been proceeding quietly.

Building on King George Street which was torn down to build hotel

This old abandoned eyesore is gone, and instead a new hotel complex under construction.

Jerusalem Israel new buildings on Rav Kook Street near Ticho House

These buildings now dwarf the idyllic garden of Ticho House.

New buildings on Harav Kook Street

Here is a view of these new buildings towering over HaRav Kook Street.

Talpiot building being renovated Jerusalem construction

Other old buildings are getting face-lifts and additional floors added on top.

Jerusalem Israel building being renovated Tama 38

Developers under TAMA 38 are hoping to get residents to add space, elevators and new porches or secure rooms.

Then the builders sell the new penthouse(s) added on top for top dollar to finance the projects.

Jerusalem Israel sign for building renovation

Signs are posted on many streets, as obtaining work permits drags on.

Building under construction near Israeli President House

I recently spotted construction behind buildings,

New construction in Jerusalem, Israel

or on top of views. Construction can be seen in various stages and locations.

I could show so many more, but enough already.

Projected building for Jerusalem Israel

A few signs were posted for a community meeting concerning a building project at Dov Kimhe and Tchernichofsky Streets.

Meeting for Tochnit Av information

Residents of the area packed the room to hear announcement of the Tochnit Av, the master plan of a major Jerusalem building project.

Plans for Jerusalem Israel rebuilding

The Tochnit Av is for more than one neighborhood, first Rechavia, but also Moshava, Baka, all the way to the Katamonim.

The project aims to build up – and up, to add housing units.

Jerusalem renewal plans

The triangle of space in yellow off of Dov Kimhe is one of the areas for this project.

Plans for Dov Kimche Street Jerusalem Israel building

The old buildings on the left are to be replaced with a 21-story tower, and also a 9- and 10-story apartment buildings.

Jerusalem plans for Dov Kimche Street renewal project

Nursery schools, a shopping mall and hundreds of new units are projected.

Jerusalem Israel Dov Kimche Street project

Sounds great.

Only.

Now Tchernikofsky Street comes to a standstill in normal morning traffic.

Photo of Jerusalem Israel Dov Kimche Street at night

Dov Kimhe is a narrow, one lane road hardly wide enough for trucks to pass through.

Parking? The driver I saw at night did not want his photo taken, as he tried to fit on the side walk behind me which was full of cars.

To say the least, most of the property owners in the area are not pleased.

Jerusalem Israel Getaway building project

Meanwhile, the plan for the Jerusalem Gateway is progressing.

Every time one goes to the area there is a new traffic pattern.

Familiar streets are blocked and closed.

Streets and pedestrian crossings are constantly changing.

Building Jerusalem Israel Gateway project

Excavators and trucks are working in some of the fenced off areas.

This future center of the Jerusalem business district and Israeli government district is under construction.

Jerusalem is going up and up.

Mayor Nir Barkat is on his way out, and a new municipal government will be in, in the near future.

Sign for Jerusalem Israel Gateway Project with spelling error due to being short on space

But I sure hope that the municipal planning is better than the planning for Jerusalem street signs.

Truly amazing what has changed in the past ten or even four years. 

Even more amazing to see what will happen in Jerusalem in the next ten years.