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Hail to, and keep away from, the Chief

by michael May 13 2008
Municipal news
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 This week, you might as well call it the Shrine of the Bush
 
Remember when President Bush visited a few months ago, saddling Jerusalemites with snarled traffic, blocked roads and a cleaning bill for 'round about 400,000 simoleons?

He's baaaaaaack. And this time, his visit is a very special 60th birthday present to the people of Israel, which makes one wonder if he couldn't have just sent money.

So what do you, Jerusalem resident or visitor, need to know about today through Friday? How badly will you, personally, be inconvenienced? Jerusalemite knows!

Parking will be prohibited in many areas. On Wednesday, don't plan on finding a space on or near:

Museum Row, Shmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Paris Square, Agron, Hameches Square, King David, Amoni, Plumer Square, Jabotinsky, Wingate Square, Hanassi, Smolanskin, Keren Hayesod, Ben Zvi, Shazar, or Binyanei Hauma (a man of the president's grandeur can be in many places at once.)

On Thursday:

Museum Row, Shmuel Weiss, Rupin, Ramban, Paris Square, Agron, Meches Square, King David, Admoni, Plumer Square, Jabotinsky, Wingate Square, Hanassi, Smolanskin, Keren Hayesod, Israel Museum Parking lot, Kaplan (between Rothschild and Rupin), Arlozorov.

On Friday:

Admoni, King David, Meches Square, Agron, Paris Square, Ramban, Rupin, Shmuel Weiss, Museum Row, Israel Museum Parking lot.

Violators will have their cars, and thumbs, forcibly removed.

Drivers will also be dismayed to learn that King David Street between the Keren Hayesod and Agron intersections (that is, the area of the King David Hotel) will be closed for the duration of the president's visit, and depending on his daily schedule, temporary closures will affect dozens of streets, including Ben Zvi, King David, Ramban, Agron, Rupin and more. For the president's complete schedule and a list of all the resulting street closings, check the Municipality's English website.

Photo of Israel Museum's showering Hershey's Kiss courtesy of reuvenim from flickr under a creative commons license.

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