Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What White City?

Tel Aviv is fabulous, but would it kill them to keep it in shape? It's so dilapidated in places, it looks like a cross between Old Havana (before the paint job) and Beirut (after the shelling). There are zillions of amazing Bauhaus buildings, but few have been spiffed up, despite the UNESCO landmarking. The parks are in bad shape and there is a lot of garbage, which not even the batallions of cute feral cats can keep in control. This may be the only city on Earth where the most expensive luxury boutiques surround a plaza that looks like a stampede of buffalo just ran past it, but that is part of its charm. Tel Avivians may not have either the time, the inclination or the cheap labor to tend to their gardens and paint their buildings. But don't they have a mayor?

1 comment:

  1. Well said. For years I wanted to work on some kind of initiative to clean up the city and refurbish the Bauhaus. I just don't have the strength to deal with the Israeli bureaucracy.