For most of June, the Price in Price Tags will be far away. Mostly in Tel Aviv. More specifically, in the part known as the White City.
I kept hearing good things about Tel Aviv – the people, the food, the beaches, the night life. Even its Gay Pride and Parade – the antithesis to Jerusalem, I was told.
What really intrigued this urbanist, though, was its planning history. How its first mayor, Dizengoff – knowing the city would expand far beyond Jaffa, the historic Arab port, after World War I – needed a plan. And how he went to, of all people, a Scottish botantist in Edinburgh active in the Garden City movement. And how that planner, Patick Geddes, started on a master plan in the mid-1920s that was accepted in 1929 – and how, amazingly, Tel Aviv built it. At least the streets, blocks and, to a great extent, the public spaces. This is very unusual.Read more »