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Iris Ge­or­lette dis­cusses how oth­ers plan to en­tice young­sters to live and work in Beer­sheba (“South­ern tech sen­sa­tion,” De­cem­ber 14). I’ve lived in Beer­sheba for 47 years and I’ve heard it all be­fore. From cre­at­ing Smi­lan­ski Street 20 years ago as a hub of cof­fee shops and restau­rants to the IDF bases now be­ing planned.

Avi Shaked (owner and CEO of Shiry­onit Hosem and head of the Is­raeli Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion) suc­cinctly sums it all up” “Beer­sheba just can’t com­pete” with Tel Aviv. True. Can’t and never will, un­less we move Beer­sheba to the sea some­where be­tween Ashkelon and Ash­dod. Shaked wants to of­fer trans­porta­tion late at night on the week­ends so that the young can play in Tel Aviv and re­turn to sleep in the South. A 90-minute taxi/train/ taxi jour­ney at 1 a.m. fol­low­ing din­ing and drink­ing and danc­ing is hardly go­ing to en­tice young­sters to live in Beer­sheba. How­ever, as pop­u­la­tion pres­sures con­tinue to in­crease in the cen­ter of the coun­try, Beer­sheba is slowly im­prov­ing. Let’s not ex­pect too much on a scale of years – rather decades. As an ex­am­ple, in a 1-km. ra­dius of my home in Neveh Noi, two enor­mous movie cen­ters/ malls for shop­ping, din­ing and leisure ac­tiv­ity have been con­structed and are teem­ing at all hours. Beer­sheba needs to solve the prob­lems of the “old city,” which at its best re­sem­bles Ti­juana. Raze the old city block by block – year af­ter year – and build a mod­ern down­town. YIGAL HOROWITZ Beer­sheba

Raze Beer­sheba’s old city block by block – year af­ter year – and build a mod­ern down­town

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