Over the course of about three years, Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights conducted a survey of the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem in order to create a database of useful and up to date information for use by residents and planners seeking to promote the development of the neighborhoods. The survey is based on comprehensive data, collected via meetings with residents and independent research, regarding the physical situation in the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem as well as approved and pending plans for these neighborhoods. From this data, the main issues and problems affecting each neighborhood were singled out, as were opportunities for their improvement. Overall, the survey revealed a tremendous gap between the needs of the population and the planning solutions offered, if at all. It was also revealed that, in many cases, approved and in-process plans hinder development in the neighborhoods and cause significant damage to the existing fabric of live.
The survey, which includes 18 chapters relates to more than 25 neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods including detailed maps of each area. Each chapter examines land designations and uses, as well as infrastructure and services, comparing the needs of the communities with the facts on the ground and with the statutory plans for the neighborhoods. The survey is also available in Hebrew and Arabic.