TEL AVIV‘S CENTRAL BUS STATION
Opened in 1993 with hopes of rejuvenating one of its poorest neighbourhoods, Tel Aviv‘s Central Bus Station is now commonly referred to as “the Monstrosity“. An urban development dream gone bad, the seven-storey jumble of grungy corridors was once envisaged as a slick shopping centre serving streams of commuters. Instead, with many of its store fronts long shuttered, its labyrinth of passageways has given rise to an eclectic mix of commerce and culture. A Philippine food market serves a large community of carers for the elderly, there‘s a makeshift Philippine church, a folksy Yiddish book centre and money changers. Dancers, musicians and circus artists use its free space to practice and perform, and the homeless are also drawn into its shadows. The station‘s diversity reflects the neighbourhood, where a large foreign migrant population lives in mostly run-down apartment blocks.