It was public housing at its best for immigrants and young families. Not only were apartments of all sizes built, but it had land allocated for the wealthier where they could build private homes. There's a large shopping center which is still vibrant and popular.
|nice landscaping to this day|
Since the apartments were offered at minimum prices to the western immigrants who began making aliyah in the post-1967 Ramat Eshkol was also planned with parking lots among the buildings.
This was the first time that parking lots were made as part of neighborhoods. Before then and for another decade, private cars were still very rare in Israel. Even during and in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, private cars were drafted by the IDF for "reserve duty." The army didn't have the budget for ordinary vehicles. Also one of the perks of being an MK was a free pass on all public buses, which was taken advantage of by Knesset Members. Even up to the 1980's it wasn't a rare sight to see MKs on the bus going to work and doing ordinary chores, like shopping in the shuk.
Even today, forty-five 45 years after being built, it's shopping center is busy, popular and vibrant with a great variety of stores.
One thing that has changed is the population. In the 1970's, there were mostly young families from all over the world, religious, secular and traditional. Today the veteran residents are much older, and there are many chareidim (known as ultra-Orthodox) who live there, because it is near older chareidi neighborhoods but much nicer.
Many people don't even realize that Ramat Eshkol is a post-Six Days War neighborhood, because it so successfully and seamlessly became part of Jewish Jerusalem. But you should remember that to the American Government, it is no different than Shiloh or Yitzhar.