A few months ago, I was visiting the neighborhood of Doma, which is just a stone’s throw from the Old City.
A young couple, who I’d just met, was getting ready to move into their apartment in the building.
As we drove away, I asked, “So, how many rooms do you have?”
“Three bedrooms,” they replied.
When I asked again, they said, “I can’t tell you.”
The apartment has two bedrooms and a bathroom.
A couple of years ago, it had two baths and two living rooms.
Now, it only has one.
In the past, there were two bedrooms, and a full bathroom.
In Israel, if you have two bedrooms that you don’t use, you can claim the space for your wife.
“I was surprised,” said a woman who lives in Doma and asked not to be named.
She said she is in her mid-40s, has two children, and earns a little more than $150,000 a year.
“It is not fair,” she said.
I want to live there.” “
But I don’t want to leave this apartment for a while.
I want to live there.”
But the apartment has a long-standing lease with a private developer, and there is no way the developer can build more than four bedrooms in the apartment.
A lot of construction is happening in this building, including the construction of a brand new apartment.
I asked the woman if she would consider moving out of the building if the developer wanted to build more bedrooms.
“Maybe,” she replied.
Not this time.
But if I could move out, I would.”
For years, I’ve been in negotiations with developers, including several large private developers, about building new apartments in the Old Town.
But the developers have never budged on their demand.
In fact, they have been working overtime to get more apartments built in this area, even if it means they are losing some of the people who live here.
As part of my project to understand how developers and their partners deal with the housing crisis, I visited the city and spoke with several developers who have made it clear that they are committed to building more apartments.
But I also spoke to many developers who are not interested in building more housing in the area.
“There is no need to build new housing,” said an engineer who works on the project and whose company, Hifumi, is developing apartments in this neighborhood.
“This is already filled with people who need a place to live.
The only people who are going there are the owners and their families.”
This engineer said that he believes that “if the developers were really interested in housing people who will be leaving, they would have started building housing for those who were already there.”
He said that the developers are “getting a kick out of building apartments in a city that is already overburdened.”
When I spoke with developers who were interested in adding new apartments, they did not provide any specific numbers about how many new apartments they are planning.
But several developers I spoke to did not want to be identified, citing their confidential contracts with the city.
“We have the responsibility to build apartments,” said one of them, who wished to remain anonymous.
“Our contract stipulates that we will build a maximum of four units per building.
I do not want people to think that we are taking money away from residents.”
Another developer who worked on the Doma project, who requested to remain unnamed, told me that the developer has been in discussions with the municipality, and that the municipality has been negotiating with them on a “multi-million-dollar deal.”
But in the end, the developer is the one that has to take the blame for the housing crunch, he said.
This developer said that in order to build units, the city will have to spend more than half a billion shekels ($50 million).
He said the developer will have had to invest a lot of money in infrastructure and materials, which would have been necessary to build the apartments in such a short time.
“That is what has driven up the cost,” the developer said.
When the developer first announced plans to build housing in this part of the city, he told me, “This area is a real bottleneck, and I am going to fix it.”
But, in the last six months, the housing shortage has only worsened.
“When I started this project, the building boom was already going,” said the building developer.
“If I can fix this, I will be able to build all of my other projects.
And it has to be a new construction. “
Every developer is talking about a new project.
And it has to be a new construction.
We cannot build new apartments every week.
We can’t build more housing every month.
The building boom is over.
There are only so many people living