Maale Adumim is a city of app 39,000 residents, less than 10 minutes away from Jerusalem. It is a planned community. All architecture must pass a municipal review, all household renovations to residential property must pass a city review board, and all infrastructure elements--electric, water, cable, telephone, internet and gas lines are all underground.
In many ways, Maale Adumim is like any American city of this size.
Some with special play areas--
and some still under construction, as new housing gets built--
As in many smaller American cities, there are clean, quiet streets--
Some of the "older" streets have nice greenery--
And, along with the quiet residential areas, we also have an indoor mall--
But there is something different here, because even though a street here looks similar to streets in the US--
once you look to the left, in this picture (above), you realize that you are in a special place, because you see
a flowering green home--
that is surrounded by a naked, barren world of natural beauty that