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