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Teaching an Old City new tricksby michael • September 01 2008
Municipal news, Things to do
Just one of 2.8 million foreign tourists
Tourism is up in the Old City. Way up. And all it took was a thorough scrubbing.
It just goes to show: when you want something done right, hire a private contractor to do it. Even if it's the government's job. Especially if it's the government's job.
Specific Old City historical sites seeing heavy increases in visitor traffic this year include the Jerusalem Archaeological Park (143,967 visitors, up 24%), the Ramparts Walk (74,728, up 29%), and the new Zedekiah's Cave (15,549 visitors). No doubt the merchants of the chintzy Christian Quarter souk are thrilled - 2.8 million people can buy an awful lot of glow-in-the-dark crucifixes and Hebrew Coca-Cola T-shirts.
Now all we need is those contractors to move on to downtown.
Image of bantering next to the Old City's Lion's Gate courtesy of Silver Plated Boy from Flickr under a Creative Commons license.
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