Published at: 2012-01-01 12:00 | Author:
Budapest’s Jewish quarter is at risk from ambitious redevelopment plans, which would replace existing buildings with large new schemes in the traditionally low-rise area. Preservationists hope a recent construction ban by the local council will give them time to help save the quarter’s historic structures.

Gaping pits bristling with concrete support columns and the clatter of construction crews mark Budapest’s historic Jewish quarter, in the city’s sixth and seventh districts, as a favorite site for developers. Since the start of the month, though, construction projects in District VII have been put on hold with the temporary suspension of construction permits for any kind of work until...

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