06.01.2011 1.Shevat, 5771
Jerusalemites fume as Jaffa Road closes to cars
Egged bus drivers and market vendors are predicting major gridlock in downtown as a result of the change.
In 10 days, Jerusalem's urban landscape will undergo the first in a series of dramatic changes that will change the way residents of the capital move around the city. Beginning January 15, Jaffa Road, the main thoroughfare leading to the Old City for over a century, will be closed to vehicular traffic.
For the first time since it was constructed during the Ottoman reign in the city 150 years ago, Jaffa Road will be exclusively designated as a pedestrian walkway. In eight months, Jerusalem will introduce a light rail line that will serve as the street's only form of mechanized transportation….