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Notes on the Geography of Jerusalem: West Jerusalem: Israeli: Photo 2

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If highrises are scarce, so are single-family dwellings, because land is very expensive. Instead, this is a city of apartments. A fetish with tradition obliges builders to clad everything with limestone. (The policy goes back to the British; the stonework is actually done by West Bank Palestinians.) Streets follow the contour and so are very confusing. Architects meanwhile evoke the old symbols of terraces, gables, and arches to escape the grim reality of one block after another.

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