Thursday, April 02, 2009

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100

Modern metropolitan center

Jpost: Tel Aviv at 100
No two cities complement each other better than Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Yet the denizens of Israel's political and spiritual capital often view their compatriots 60 kilometers down the road as if they were from another planet. Which is fine with Tel Avivians, who think of their coastal city, the country's commercial and cultural capital, as the real Israel.
Tel Aviv's business district.

Jerusalemites, whose city lies smack between Judea and Samaria, are sometimes exasperated when smug Tel Avivians act as if the Green Line were 1,800 kilometers away, instead of just 18.


Wiki: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-Yafo (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ; Arabic: تل أبيب‎, Tal ʾAbīb),[2] usually Tel Aviv, is the second-largest city in Israel, with an estimated population of 390,100.[1] The city is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, with a land area of 51.8 square kilometres (20.0 sq mi). It is the largest and most populous city in the metropolitan area of Gush Dan, home to 3.15 million people as of 2008.[3] The city is governed by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, headed by Ron Huldai.[4]

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa (Hebrew: יָפוֹ‎, Yafo; Arabic: يافا‎, Yaffa). The growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa, which was largely Arab at the time. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel. Tel Aviv's White City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world's largest concentration of Modernist-style buildings.[5][6][7]

Tel Aviv is a beta world city,[8] Israel's economic hub and its wealthiest city, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and many corporate offices and research and development centers.[9] Its beaches, bars, cafés, upscale shopping, great weather and cosmopolitan lifestyle have made it a popular tourist destination,[10] and given way to its reputation as a "Mediterranean city that never sleeps."[11] It is the country's cultural capital and a major performing arts and commerce center.[12] Tel Aviv's urban area is the Middle East's second biggest city economy,[13] and is ranked 42nd by Foreign Policy's 2008 Global Cities Index.[14] It is also the most expensive city in the region, and 14th most expensive city in the world.[15]

Jaffa port

Laying first brick

Building the city

Old city hall
Images mainly from wiki-commons...

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