Legacy of the British Mandate: Jerusalem's Ugly Walls

As the housing crisis worsens and real-estate prices soar, pressure mounts to develop areas with steep inclines - despite the monstrous supporting walls this necessitates.

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In the 1930s, when British Mandate officials looked for suitable areas to develop in Jerusalem, they ruled out a large wadi south of the Old City. The depth made it a tricky place for construction.