Mapping East Jerusalem Neighborhoods - The Old City
The Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research in cooperation with FNF Jerusalem continues the multi-year research project of the East Jerusalem neighborhoods aimed at raising awareness of their economic, social, and political situation and encouraging the authorities to take significant action toward improving their situation. The Institute’s researchers are mapping the Arab neighborhoods in the city, a process that will conclude with a summary report for decision makers for each neighborhood, which will also be a policy paper and contain information, data, and recommendations regarding planning, infrastructure, social and economic issues. This time the round table tackled the Old City of Jerusalem.
What are the challenges in the infrastructure aspect?
- Residential density
- Tourist congestion (around 4 million tourist and 10 million visitors in total per year)
- In the Eastern part - Poverty and poor structures
- Education - Low structural standard
- Trash isles is not vacated in time mainly in the Muslim Quarter
What been done so far? Although the municipality of Jerusalem, along with other parties, has invested money in improving the public space – the residential and the touristic, it is still lacking money that will improve more the standard of living of the ‘Old City’ residents, and not just the tourist areas.
In the security aspect, there has been a dramatic improvement in recent years. Despite the constant friction between the various groups - Muslims, Jews and Christians - it is evident that there is an interest of all sides to return to normal as soon as possible.
During the meeting also other relevant aspects were discussed, but the main conclusion was that there is an understanding that everything is related to one another - cleanliness, order, and enforcement. Once the residents of the neighborhood feel that someone cares about them and investing in them, that their alleys and streets are clean, as a result there is more order and the crime level is falling.