Saturday, March 20, 2010
On the goat hill
This picture was taken in the "goat hill", which is a very nice hill below our neighborhood that is used for retreat into nature, 10 minutes walk from home, and many children activities. Alas, there is now a decision to build new neighborhood and destroy the nice hill, yesterday, the children active in the "nature protection society" including my daughter Hadas did a guided excursion to show people what is about to be destroyed, and help mark flowers, since the society is going to move the flower away at the end of the summer while they hibernate. Unlike some of the other cities in Israel that are built on sands and are just collection of houses, Haifa is a city that was built on a ridge that contains a collection of hills, with a lot of trees and flowers. There is a balance between the green and the grey. However, the green parts are getting smaller. When I was a child the ridge was much greener, the house that we live in now was a pine forest, some pine trees still remain among the houses, it is important to leave some parts of the city as nature reserves that will stay as they are. Sometimes the city leaders give in to greedy constructors, and the people of Haifa are fighting in multiple fronts against it; all we could do is to join the people who participated in this excursion, but it seems that there is no way to stop the new neighborhood construction.