Category Archives: Israel

The Difference Between Bus and Subway Alignments

Reading design guidelines for bus routes reminds me of how different surface transit is from rapid transit. Buses need to follow straight, wide, two-way roads. Subway trains do not: those roads make construction easier, but it’s normal for train lines … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Transportation, Urban Transit | 15 Comments

Tel Aviv Needs a Subway, Done Right

After decades of false starts, Tel Aviv is finally building a subway-surface line. The political opinions of activists and urban planners in Israel are divided between supporters, who believe the line is long overdue, and opponents, who instead believe buses … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Politics and Society, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 29 Comments

Spreading Population Around

There was a series of hate marches and anti-immigrant riots in Israel last week, continuing intermittently to today; at heart was incitement against Sudanese and Eritrean refugees, who the government labels infiltrators and work migrants. Politicians from the center rightward … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Politics and Society, Urbanism | 11 Comments

One-Way Pairs: the Bad and the Ugly

One of Jane Jacobs’ prescient observations about bus service in The Death and Life is that one-way pairs, as practiced on the avenues in Manhattan, are bad for riders. Her argument was that one-way pairs require people to walk too … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, Israel, New York, Transportation, Urban Transit | 21 Comments

Democratic Versus Elite Consensus

This is part 2 of my series on consensus, following Consensus and Cities. Early-20th century America was a nation with remarkable consensus about cities. The progressive reformers, the populists, and the environmental movement all agreed that cities were bad, and … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Israel, Politics and Society | 10 Comments

Where Did You Grow Up?

The last few weeks’ posts on Old Urbanist made me think about what urban forms people prefer, and how it’s affected by what they are familiar with. Rather than speculate on what people in my social circle prefer, I yield … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, New York, Personal/Admin, Urban Design, Urbanism | 34 Comments

Organized Labor and the Housing Protest

In both the US and Israel, the power of organized labor is in decline, and union membership is increasingly restricted to public sector and legacy manufacturing employees, who are usually well-compensated and have a middle- or even upper-middle class income, … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Labor, Politics and Society | 6 Comments

Affordable Housing

A new post on Old Urbanist linking to prior posts about housing affordability, both on his own blog and on New World Economics. The theme is that various design standards – the two sites’ main scourge is streets wider than … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, New York, Politics and Society, Urban Design, Urbanism | 23 Comments

Tel Aviv Protesters’ Demands

The protesters on the ground in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities are often disorganized, and lack coherent goals; many have claimed that the very presence of bottom-up protest is good enough on its own (which Israeli blogger Idan Landau … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Politics and Society | 4 Comments

Rent Control

Tel Aviv’s housing protest grows, and Saturday night tens of thousands of protesters descended on HaBima Square, demanding rent control. Although I have yet to see media heavyweights on the left echo those demands – instead, they view it in … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, New York, Politics and Society, Urbanism | 19 Comments