The development of street patterns in israeli cities

Itzhak Omer, Orna Zafrir-Reuven

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Abstract

Street patterns of Israeli cities were investigated by comparing three time periods of urban development: (I) the late 19th century until the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948; (II) 1948 until the 1980s; and (III) the late 1980s until the present. These time periods are related respectively to the pre-modern, modern and late-modern urban planning approach. Representative urban street networks were examined in selected cities by means of morphological analysis of typical street pattern properties: curvature, fragmentation, connectivity, continuity and differentiation. The study results reveal significant differences between the street patterns of the three examined periods in the development of cities in Israel. The results show clearly the gradual trends in the intensification of curvature, fragmentation, complexity and hierarchical organization of street networks as well as the weakening of the network's internal and external connectivity. The implications of these changes on connectivity and spatial integration are discussed with respect to planning approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-127
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Urban and Regional Analysis
Volume7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Israeli city
  • Planning approach
  • Street pattern
  • Urban morphology

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