29.07.2011 27.Tammus, 5771
This week in Haaretz 1946 / The cart drivers rebel in Tel Aviv
Waves of pedestrians cross the packed street everywhere; trucks loaded with goods block roads; and if that is not enough, at regular times, when the train runs on Allenby Street, the barriers are lowered, and traffic comes to a halt.
Tel Aviv's streets were very congested. They were built in the early 20th century to serve a quiet neighborhood north of Jaffa, and now, in 1945, hundreds of private cars, buses, bicycles, and horse-drawn carts crowded on to them causing a standstill on the city's main artery, Allenby Street. Vehicles continued streaming onto Allenby from the adjacent streets that were too narrow to handle all the traffic.
Waves of pedestrians crossed the packed street everywhere; trucks loaded with goods blocked roads; and if that was not enough, at regular times, when the train ran on Allenby Street, the barriers would be lowered, and traffic came to a halt. Traffic police dispersed along the roads did not help at all in this city, which now had 200,000 residents and thousands of visitors arriving there daily. "We are almost despairing about the traffic situation in Tel Aviv," said David Pinkas, a member of the Tel Aviv City Council, who later became the transportation minister….