"This grand, handsome structure will beautify our city and will forever remain a testament to the efforts of our generation in the field of culture and art," said Mayor Meir Dizengoff at the time.
For a second, a terrible thought seeps in: What would happen if the energetic planter of palms got it into his
head to eliminate the old ficus trees on Dizengoff
because of their annoying secretions.
Suddenly we would all be standing before the appalling sight of the residential buildings on the street, the miserable, disintegrating, peeling apartments now concealed by the trees.