Spatial patterns of retail activity and street network structure in new and traditional Israeli cities

Itzhak Omer*, Ran Goldblatt

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Abstract

The association between spatial patterns of retail activity and the spatial configuration of street networks was examined by means of the space syntax methodology in eight Israeli cities that represent two city types, characterized by different planning approaches and urban growth: (i) new towns, which were established according to a comprehensive city plan and modern planning concepts of “tree-like” hierarchical street networks and “neighborhood units”; (ii) older cities, where street networks and the spatial patterns of retail activity were formed incrementally during their growth. Unlike in older cities, retail activity in new towns concentrates in relatively less-accessible and intermediate locations. This is indicated by a weak correlation between retail activity and the street network’s Integration and Choice centrality measures. The comparison between Israeli cities illustrates the influence of urban growth and planning approaches on the formation of retail activity and its interaction with the structure of the street network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-649
Number of pages21
JournalUrban Geography
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 May 2016

Keywords

  • Israeli cities
  • new towns
  • retail land use
  • space syntax
  • street network

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