The Urban Challenge of Dividing Jerusalem – The Atlantic
September 17, 2012 1 Comment
I can’t say no to a good diagram. This article from Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, and Chen Farkas of SAYA/Design for Change, discusses their proposal for how to divide Jerusalem to serve both the states of Israel and Palestine.
Although the majority of Israelis live on the west of the city, and Palestinians on the east, there are overlaps, mostly from smaller Israeli communities that are on the east side of the city. So, if there is to be a two-state solution, how do you connect these communities?
These communities could be connected via bridges and tunnels. This is certainly an elegant proposal, but there are a lot of questions for implementation. Since land ownership usually includes air and underground rights, would the state building the infrastructure have to buy or lease it from the other? That would be a precarious situation if hostilities renewed between the states. How would they be maintained? Would there have to be some sort of complex treaty agreement between the states? It’s an interesting proposal, with a lot of complicated questions to answer.