Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jerusalem of concrete


Jerusalem is full of concrete. Israel is a tiny country with a growing population. People need space but when you build a house in Jerusalem, the amount of squaremeters of your property will be limited. It doesn't matter how rich you are, your house won't be much bigger than the neighbour's house. 

As a result of this, huge apartment complexes are beeing built. Apartment next to apartment. Everything squeezed is and you can look out of the window and almost see the food on your neighbour's plate. 

Top Photo: A new apartment complex between the Central Bus Station and haredi Ge'ulah. The tenants are mainly haredi.

And right across:

Hotels, office and apartment buildings. As you can see on the poster in the front, another apartment complex is being built. Luxury apartments for the wealthy. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have a serious housing problem. The growing population needs more affordable apartments but only places for the rich are being built. 

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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