טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentEres Tamar
SubjectRevitalization in the Central City the Case of Florentin
Neighborhood in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor Professor Emeritus Carmon Naomi


Abstract

Revitalization - the new process of rehabilitation of deteriorated areas in the central city by public-private partnerships, has been taking place in large cities of the Western world in the last twenty five years. The goal of this research was to describe and analyze a selected public-private enterprise in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, in order to reach conclusions and derive recommendations for promoting central city revitalization. The selected site was Florentin Neighborhood.

The research encompassed an extensive literature survey and an empirical work. The field work included observations in the neighborhood, analysis of available documents and structured interviews with local residents, business owners and project officials. Analysis of the research findings led to the following conclusions:

- There have been numerous changes in Florentin due to the revitalization process which brought about an improvement in the quality of life of the residents.

- The neighborhood serves now as a “transitory neighborhood’ for many young Israelis and new immigrants. Preconditions for a stable neighbourhood, populated by middle class long-term residents, are notable improvements in the quality of life and services.

- In spite of an only moderate improvement in the quality of life, the goals of improving the image of the neighborhood and its attractiveness were achieved. Hence, we conclude that the attractiveness of a neighborhood is not solely or even mainly dependent on the quality of services offered, but it is highly influenced by fashionable location and image.

Finally, several recommendations for promoting the revitalization process in the neighbourhood were suggested:

- To continue supporting Florentin as a mixed neighbourhood this includes businesses and entertainment, transitory and permanent residency.

- To continue the process of improving the physical and social services by means of specific strategies, thus encouraging the growth of permanent residency.

- To continue and strengthen the public-private partnership in promoting the process of revitalization in Florentin.