Monday, January 2, 2012

More construction

A friend and I were wandering around the Abu Tor neighborhood yesterday, looking for the beginning of the Sherover Promenade.
But first we just HAD to check out a huge pit!
Well, the door was open and there was no guard there to chase us away.
The signboard announced the construction of the Sherover Culture Center.
I see now in Haaretz that the groundbreaking ceremony was only just last November.

The article says the center will
occupy an area of 13,000 square meters and include more than 10 movie theaters as well as galleries, a restaurant, cafe, stores, multipurpose auditoriums and an underground parking garage. The Sherover Foundation has promised that the stores will be of a cultural nature, selling books, music and design products, rather than "mall-like" retail establishments . . .
And unlike most cultural and entertainment institutions in Jerusalem, the center will be open on Shabbat.

Neighbors appealed to the District Planning and Building Committee against it but lost.
The committee determined that the petitioners were motivated by NIMBY (an acronym for "not in my backyard" considerations).

I am sure the neighbors in the building visible in the top of the photo are not happy with the prospect.
They are the Silent Clarisses, a Catholic order founded by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
The Poor Claire Monastery has been there for over a hundred years.

(I should be so poor! The huge monastic complex today sits on prime Jerusalem real estate.)
A post for Our World Tuesday and Monday Doorways.


Sharon A said...

I took the same picture yesterday! Great minds think alike? Did not publish it yet though.

Sharon A
The Real Jerusalem Streets

Dina said...

Sharon, shalom! You too braved the freezing wind to look into that abyss?!

Reader-friends, don't miss Sharon's great blog, The Real Streets of Jerusalem! You will be surprised.
I never miss a post of hers.

Robert Geiss said...

Building Culture is a good thing in my opinion. Great where alike is possible.
Please have a good Tuesday.

crystal said...
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mary said...

Wow looks like another beautiful building is going to be seen soon. Happy New Year!

Monday Doorways

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, it's a shame the petitioners were ignored. Someone is going to make a lot of money out of this complex, and you can be sure it won't be the neighbors.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sara said...

Looks like it won't be so quiet once the place is up and running. Aren't NIMBY considerations considered valid? It ought to be good for business and the economy though, I suppose.

I went to see The Real Jerusalem it!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» thanks you for this fine contribution to Monday Doorways!

Cloudia said...

We should only BE so poor - LOL

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crystal said...

Construction sites are so interesting! About the Poor Claires monastery - it does seem like the wealth of the church is in a weird conflict with the stated virtue of poverty.

Sharon A said...

Dina, It was sunny when I was out, the fence has not been open in a long time, so had to look to see what was happening.

Eki said...

Well, isn't it what's called commodification? I mean shopping and culture? ;)

Jewaicious said...

Very nice photos...thanks for sharing.

VP said...

Prime Jerusalem real estate! Sooner or later they will convince the nuns, or someone above them, to sell...

Kay said...

I guess "progress" will happen no matter what we try to do to slow it down.