Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

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Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
עיריית תל אביב-יפו
Municipality
Flag of Tel Aviv
Emblem of Tel Aviv
Location of Tel Aviv-Yafo in Israel, and its municipal area (dark grey) and Gush Dan around it (light grey)
Location of Tel Aviv-Yafo in Israel, and its municipal area (dark grey) and Gush Dan around it (light grey)
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality borders
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality borders
Country Israel
DistrictTel Aviv District
SeatTel Aviv
Government
 • MayorRon Huldai
Time zoneUTC+2 (Israel Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (Israel Summer Time)
Websitetel-aviv.gov.il

Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality (Hebrew: עיריית תל אביב-יפו‎) is the arm of local government responsible for the administration of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality handles such municipal affairs as education, culture, social welfare, infrastructure, urban planning and sanitation. The current head of the municipality is Ron Huldai.[1]

History[edit]

Meir Dizengoff was appointed head of the town planning in 1911. When Tel Aviv was recognized as a city, Dizengoff was elected mayor, remaining in office until his death.[2]

The Tel Aviv municipality was initially located on Rothschild Boulevard. When more office space was needed, the municipality rented a hotel on Bialik Street, near the home of national poet Chaim Nachman Bialik, which had been built by the Skura family in 1924. The hotel had opened for business in 1925 but closed due to the lack of tourists. In 1928, the municipality bought the hotel.[3]

A new city hall was designed in the 1950s by architect Menachem Cohen, in the Brutalist style. A large plaza at the foot of the building, Kings of Israel Square, was designed as a central area for public events and ceremonies.[4] The plaza has since been renamed Rabin Square. It is located on Ibn Gabirol Street.

In 1972, the old building was converted into a museum for the history of Tel Aviv.[3]

Administration[edit]

The municipality is governed by a 31-member council elected by proportional representation every five years.

Current mayor Ron Huldai replaced the system of administration in which municipal divisions were headed by aldermen representing different coalition factions with a centralized system in which divisions are headed by top civil servants who report to him.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Igal Hai (29 October 2008). "Local Election 2008 / Khenin could force second round in TA elections". Haaretz. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  2. ^ Katz, Shmuel (2007). The Aaronsohn Saga. Gefen Publishing House. pp. 282–288. ISBN 978-965-229-416-6.
  3. ^ a b Tzur, Shlomit; Smolsky, Raz; Nahum-Halevy, Ranit (18 April 2011). "New Life in the Moribund Heart of the City". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Tel Aviv - Yaffo City Hall". Emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Alexander, Mr Michael (28 December 2012). Verkuyten, Professor Maykel (ed.). Cities and Labor Immigration: Comparing Policy Responses in Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Tel Aviv. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 96–101. ISBN 9781409490906.