Somewhere deep inside, I knew this day would come.
Tzur Hadassah is getting a ‘commercial center’ – which is basically a supermarket and an ATM – on Rechasim street.
I am not for this in any way, but I suppose my opinion isn’t worth much since I moved here two years ago and I don’t own property. But still. It’s unnecessary. We have a big-enough rip-off makolet and supermarkets all around us in Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. I don’t see the sense in destroying trees and neighborhood peace to create an overpriced Mister Zol.
The worst part is, they decided to do it on a peripheral, dead end street. I don’t get that. If they want to build a community center eventually, and there is already a school in the middle of the horseshoe that is the yishuv’s layout, why not make everything commercial in the center, too? Why disrupt peripheral residents with a supermarket?
It’s only going to get worse; the ‘nature preserve’ across from my building is slated for construction as well (housing, though).
Maybe it’s time to look for a new small yishuv?
I took these photos less than a week ago and the building has already progressed significantly: