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The kids aren't all wrongby michael • April 29 2008
Classy living space in Yemin Moshe: insert students here.
In a timely follow-up to last week's shocking report that apartments full of expensive furnishings and left empty most of the year tend to get looted by enterprising thieves, a group of student activists, dismayed at the rising prices and plummeting availability of apartments in central Jerusalem, has begun petitioning absentee apartment owners to rent out their Jerusalem stone pleasure domes to permanent residents during the, oh, eleven months of off-season.
This, of course, makes a fair bit of sense, save for one key issue: if you're the type who rattles enough coin to buy a luxury vacation apartment you barely use, you may be reluctant to hand over the keys to one of the intellectual young malcontents who comprise the student population. You let college students into your apartment, and before you know it your children are correcting your pronunciation of 'Sartre.'
Still, students need homes, and as any former resident of the grimly institutional Mount Scopus high rises the Hebrew University calls 'dorms' can tell you, they need them pretty badly. If the city government is serious about staving off the stagnation of central Jerusalem, something has to give.
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