Stephen Horenstein
Music, Arts and Society

Our neigborhood’s vision for a new Jerusalem

To Mayor-elect Moshe Lion

We are a group of Jerusalem residents who have deep concern for the continued physical and spiritual growth of Jerusalem.  We have begun drafting a master plan for our city, and are hereby making our recent findings and recommendations public. We share them with you in the hope that you will work with us in promoting action toward progress in our city.   Sincerely, Citizens for Progress in Jerusalem (CPJ)

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Recommendation 1: Of late some unsettling quietude has returned to Arnona.  As there are currently only three building projects on Ein Gedi street, and in the interest of enhancing the city-fication of our neighborhood, we ask that that the city approve at least FIVE more Tama 38 building projects (apartment buildings) on Ein Gedi street (and surroundings) to be started within the next THREE months.

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Recommendation 2: Of late we have witnessed new buildings slightly higher than the traditional three or four stories, now extending only to six.  We feel that in a city which boasts of its renewal and growth, it is necessary that all new Jerusalem apartment buildings be AT LEAST eight stories, and preferably 12 or more. This will block all the light in our neighborhood — making it cooler for everyone in the summer. (It will also help promote the neighborhood’s new product “Instant D,” a wonder drug that replaces natural light.)

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Recommendation 3: All heavy building vehicles should be allowed entry to our neighborhood (and others like it), with no restrictions for heavy vehicle parking or standing for extensive time on residential streets (both main and side streets).  We know that this might be inconvenient for a while, and hence recommend that residents park in nearby streets where construction is not under way (i.e., Baka, German Colony) or better still, park their vehicles at the Tachana (Train Station) parking lot or near Gan Sacher and take the bus.

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Recommendation 4: The local birds have been annoying residents by their various random calls, especially in the early morning, and this has truly become irritating.  We applaud the 8 a.m. traffic which drowns out such bird calls.  To further improve the situation we recommend that all current builders in the area train their workers to create louder and more rhythmic bangs and crashes throughout the day (and if necessary into the evening). Also, if necessary, the local music conservatory has offered to give the workers free lessons in group playing.

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Recommendation 5: As the quality of air natural decreases with more heavy building, we recommend the public distribution of free throwaway face masks for our neighborhood’s citizens.  To avoid scaring the children, we recommend that the local community centers initiate free mask decoration in after-school “chugim” (activities).

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We look forward to meeting with you, and formulating more recommendations, while working with you to build a more vibrant, civilized and industrialized Jerusalem that will epitomize a new vision for progress in the New Jerusalem for the 21st Century.

Signed, Citizens for Progress in Jerusalem (CPJ)

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About the Author
Stephen Horenstein is a composer, researcher and hermit. His repertoire of musical works has been performed and recorded worldwide. He is Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music, established in 1988 to bring the music of our time to a wider audience.
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