Jerusalem undecided – bridge a blessing or a curse?
Associated Press
Published: 25.06.08, 22:20
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1. What an ugly monstrosity
Jake   (06.25.08)
Why do these 'architects' have to choose Jerusalem to experiment on building their obscene post-modernistic eyesores? They should move this abomination to Dubai, where I hear they are building a series of amorphous towers that move and rotate. (What do you expect when you need to get rid of so much surplus oil money? You've got to spend it somehow!)
2. the boos...
were for Olmert, NOT for the bridge. Stop the cover-up
3. As a structural engineer, I say "Eeeechs!"
BK   (06.25.08)
I saw this bridge under construction in March, and I must say that it is ugly! There are many similar bridges around the world, and they are very beautiful. This one is very crooked and and unappeasing to the eye. The idea had lots of potential, and I love similar bridges. It's just that with this one, the middle spire is crooked and looks terrible. It could have been a beautiful and luxurious addition to Jerusalem with a non-crooked & rounded support column.
It's about time that Israel modernized the symbols that characterize Jerusalem. That dome is pretty hackneyed and anything but symbolic of the people who founded and nurtured Jerusalem. The bridge sounds like a good start and its picture should have been shown in this article.
5. #4 picture is there
chava ,   yerushalayim   (06.26.08)
The picture of the bridge is in the article twice. You just had no idea that the strange thing lit up with colors was the bridge. Does anyone remember years ago when a different structure was at the entry to the city, and people thought it looked like McDonald's Golden Arches. People hated the whole idea. Lack of remembering history, even very recent history, means we do it all over again. Dumb!
6. Some peope just don't have an eye for beauty
YSL ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
When the Opera House was built in Sydney Australia,everyone said how terrible it looked,now it is one of the world's most famous structures. King Herod is no more,so we build bridges that are more suitable to modern times,and conditions."Ma mevin hamor mi marak perot".BTW it is a beautiful bridge.
7. Not Bad
Christy ,   Boston, US   (06.26.08)
From the pictures, I'd say it doesn't look too bad. It would look very elegant if it did NOT look like it was falling over. I think it would look much better if it was all straight and not leaning over.
8. To number #4: Your comments are outrageous
Palestinian   (06.26.08)
Which Dome you are talking about?? The Dome of the Rock? This is the largest Dome of al-Aqsa mosque and is the oldest Islamic monument still standing... This is a symbol of Jerusalem since 1400 years... unfortunately, the Jerusalem you see now has nothing to do with history you fantacize about.... The city of David and today's Old city are too different entities. Finally, the history of Jerusalem is not in any way related to invaders like yourself... You cannot claim ancestry to the ancient Israelites Hebrews and Canaanites and deny such ancestry to modern Palestinians who are more semitic than yourself.... Your comments obviously shows enourmous and dangerous hatred that will only result in severe consequences...
9. King Herod was an Arab and a practicing Jew
Observer   (06.26.08)
How cool is that :)
10. I'm sure it'll be great for impressing
Che Vive ,   Ghetto Beach, U.S.A.   (06.26.08)
tourists. I'd hate to have to live with it all the time. Sorry, Jerusalem.... you got the shaft.
11. I think you should give it some time.
This is the first I have heard about your bridge and all I can say is WOW. What you have is one of the most unique and beautiful pieces of engineering in the entire world. I wish I could come to see it in person. I can understand how the angle could be confusing to some, but given enough time I believe many will come to appreciate it's beauty. It is truly a gem.
12. History repeated itself....
G. Flaubert ,   10º heaven   (06.26.08)
"However, the controversial tower (Eiffel) elicited some strong reactions, and a petition of 300 names — including those of Guy de Maupassant, Émile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opéra Garnier), and Alexandre Dumas fils — was presented to the city government, protesting its construction. The petition read, "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower."
13. bridge.
sas ,   israel   (06.26.08)
stop complaining. it is a bridge over a troubled country with worthless leaders.
14. The pictures are deceiving!!
The bridge looks nothing like that in person
15. the bridge of strings
H. E. Dobson ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
From Ramot this looks like a single entended upright finger - how unfortunate!
16. Christy Not Bad #7
YSL ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
"I think it would look much better if it was all straight and not leaning over". Christy,what a briliant idea you have there..............You should write to the Italians and suggest to them that they should straighten the Leaning Pisa Tower.It would look much better if it was straight and not leaning over.
17. #15 How unfortunate indeed
YSL ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
"That single entended upright finger"..... Looks like it might have been deliberate,Calatrava's answer to his detractors.He's giving them the finger.
18. a petty detail
oferdesade ,   israel   (06.26.08)
i've googled this item somewhat and found that nowhere does AP mention the booing. it was there, but it wasnt hundreds, but rather almost unanimous. and it wasnt aimed at the bridge but the speaker, who could hardly go on speaking. i wish ynet would clarify whose reporting this is - ap's or their's. if the former - ap seems to be somewhat disconnected from reality; if the latter, the byline should mention that it's AP & Ynet staff.
19. Bridge costs too much
Israeli ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
Whether you think the bridge is beautiful or not is not important. Paying 73 million dollars for it is absurd. The money could have gone for a lot more important causes. For instance, there are people who die because they can't afford medical care abroad when it isn't available here, or even medicines that are not covered by their health fund. Families and elderly people who don't have enough money for food or heat. And other desperate causes that are certainly more urgent than a 73 million dollar bridge.
20. its abit like Mayor Uri Lupolianski
Simon ,   TA the free city   (06.26.08)
UGLY, NOT NEEDED AND A WASTE OF PUBLIC EXSPENSES. Strange that Mayor Uri Lupolianski finds the money for this eye sore yet they cant even provide basic services to the citys residents, as jerusalem is a dying city with more and more people leaving each year. Still im sure Mayor Uri Lupolianski will see this as a great photo opportunity.
21. Christy , Boston
bar ,   Israel   (06.26.08)
Leaning over ? yes , and it's needed . The bridge is in a curve , and that's the reason . You only proved your ignorance regarding traffic here .
22. To # 12 , and look at this symbol
bar ,   Israel   (06.26.08)
of Paris today . A great construction !
PaulHT ,   Jerusalem,.Israel   (06.26.08)
in a city lacking almost any aesthetic sense a welcome change.
Daniel ,   NL   (06.26.08)
In the Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands this guy left a legacy of three of his ugly bridges. Full of light, disturbing to the traffic and houses nearby, rusty after a couple of months. Budget way over the limit. I think he is meanly full of himself, the bridges are an abomination to the towns and cities they are standing in.
25. Build bridges between people
Simon ,   TA the free city   (06.26.08)
Mayor Uri Lupolianski should be building bridges between people not building walls and seperation fences and waisting public money on this ugly bridge. Due to this undemoccratic , homophobic rascist mayor people are leaving Jerusalem in their hordes it seems all he is concerend about is his ultra orthadox pals and attracting rich jews who buy up all the property for the purposes of having a second home for the holidays!
26. the dome is way nicer
jerusalem   (06.26.08)
and the other historical stuff.
27. Jerusalem and modern structures
Nora ,   Tel Aviv   (06.26.08)
Too late for discussions now. For the future architectural modernisations, one should think twice as what is more important. The nations of the world will not come to see a modern bridge in Jerusalem. Unless absolutely needed,modern structures should be kept away from the old city`s approaches.
28. The finger
Yaakov ,   Immanuel Israel   (06.26.08)
In Petah Tikva, between the big canyon and Bellinson is a copy of the same bridge on a somewhat smaller scale. It looks like we are giving the finger to someone or a large dental tool used for cleaning teeth. I sugges we use Hunter Thompson's idea of a clenched fist.
29. Only Olmert was booed, ynet!
D. Duarte ,   Jerusalem   (06.26.08)
We booed him for obvious reasons. (Jerusalem's mayor was treated with respect --regardless of how we feel about the bridge. ) People were yelling: "Resign, go home" only to Olmert. Stop misleading the public!
30. #25, how ignorant
Antonio ,   Haifa   (06.27.08)
People are leaving the capital because: 1. There are no good jobs 2. There are Arabs (with whom we need more walls, impenetrable kind, to keep them ALL out for good) 3. For the most part the place is just old and ugly. Lupolansky should stop ALL the funding to Arabs, and do more to beautify the city.
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