Sunday, April 03, 2005

Little Differences

Keren Hayesod St. in Jerusalem now has two lanes running in each direction along its entire length for the first time in months. One of the main arteries leading from the south to the centre and exit from the city, cutting it down to one lane each way whilst major roadworks were carried out backed up traffic for a considerable distance and led to delays and the fraying of tempers for all those who had no feasible alternative route.

Having watched developments on almost a daily basis as the heavy machinery and men went about their work, it was clear well before I reached the bottom of the street that we were back to business as usual; no traffic backed up to Derech Beit Lechem; nothing at the junction with Derech Hevron; even the lights where King David branches off had no more than a couple of cars; indeed, the only traffic encountered was at the junction with Ramban / Agron where there has always been a tail back.

Having become a virtual non-driver, it will make very little difference to my life. My morning walk to work will be punctuated by fewer irritated drivers leaning on their horns and my wife will be able to start her day 10 minutes later. It just put a smile on my face to see other people having an easier time of it - little things can mean a big deal.

Shavua Tov,


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