My favourite feature of this boulevard is the center section that runs from the top opposite the municipality, and extends all the way to the bottom where it intersects with another road. It’s a really comfortable space to walk along, and there are water features, seating, and smaller buildings for coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.
Even though the center section seems mostly complete, the buildings on either side are still very much under construction, and it will probably still be some time before those are completed, and occupied.
Although the boulevard seems to be open to pedestrians, it’s still closed to cars (although that didn’t stop a few people from taking a drive through this morning).
I like this sort of space in a city. It feels more open, comfortable, and I’m looking forward to seeing which stores open there. Mostly, I’m hopeful that we’ll have a few places open on Saturdays when stores are generally closed here in Israel.
I have a few more photos in my Flickr album, here:
We live in Modi’in in Central Israel. It is one of the first cities in Israel that was actually planned before being built and it is a terrific city for families with lots of parks and open spaces.
The city is under construction and is going to receive a few upgrades including a new city center and bus station. The process will still take a couple years but the work underway is changing the city’s face already.
We arrived before the construction began so it is fascinating to watch the city transform itself. Of course I can’t help but document some of the process with photos. I walk through much of the area being developed when I make my way to the central train station every day.