The goal of this research is to examine the reasons why local authorities choose to promote urban renewal processes. The article reviews the research literature regarding how local authority officials perceive processes of urban renewal in their area. The study examined five cities throughout the country, where urban renewal processes have taken place. In each city, attitudes toward the process were examined among elected officials, engineering professionals employed in the authority, and staff from the municipal Urban Renewal Authority. Focusing on “official” stakeholders in the process, the article does not present the attitudes of the property owners influenced by urban renewal.Data collection was based on qualitative tools – analysis of verbal discourse and textual analysis. The data analysis used both a qualitative and quantitative approach. The article presents the findings for each city, noting differences in the conduct of the process and the understanding of its essence. The findings indicate that although urban renewal processes take place as part of the Israel government’s overall strategic housing plan, in practice, the motives behind the process vary from place to place, as do the patterns of execution. It also emerges that the actual processes are not always consistent with the goals of urban renewal as determined by central government.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Urban Renewalfrom a Local Perspective: A Comparison between Five Cities in Israel
|Number of pages
|Published - 2023