The last statutory plan for Jerusalem was approved in 1959. Since then, new neighborhood plans have been added, but no new overall statutory plan has ever been adopted. This has misaligned the city’s development and contributed to its inability to realize the full potential from tourism and business sectors and, as a result, solve its issues related to housing shortages and poverty.
Due to the lack of employment demand, particularly in unskilled labor and because of inflated housing prices, Jerusalem suffers from ‘negative migration’ as residents search for attainable housing elsewhere.
Additionally, widespread political debate over the future status of Jerusalem has caused ‘bureaucratic uncertainty’, promoted economic instability for the city and its residents, and has provided an effective filibuster around any blanket proposals for Jerusalem’s progress.
Jerusalem 5800′s external strategic planning and development can address all of these issues and turn Jerusalem into a ‘World City’ and tourist center, befitting of its rich heritage, to benefit its many residents and the 10 million annual tourists expected to grace the city in the coming decades. To this end, Jerusalem 5800 has compiled and incorporated previous plans proposed for the metropolitan area and developed a series of hundreds of individual projects, each of which can be dealt with on its own merit without being dependent on statutory acceptance of the entire 5800 plan.