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Tel Aviv's White City project (archives) Photo: Tzvika Tishler
Tel Aviv's White City project (archives) Photo: Tzvika Tishler
 
 

Tel Aviv among 25 most innovative cities

Israeli metropolis nominated by Wall Street Journal for City of the Year contest alongside New York, London

Gilad Morag
Published: 10.03.12, 15:00 / Israel Travel

Tel Aviv has been nominated as one of the world's most innovative cities in Wall Street Journal magazine's City of the Year contest, sponsored by Citibank.

 

A total of 25 cities were selected from hundreds of candidates. Tel Aviv is competing against New York, London, Berlin, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo, Toronto, Vienna, Copenhagen, and others.

 

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In the reasons for its inclusion, WSJ mentioned Tel Aviv's achievements in the fields of technology and research. Voting on the Internet ends in three days.

 

The American newspaper noted that Tel Aviv's metropolitan area population is 3.3 million, and mentioned the construction of a light rail system in the city, launched in September 2011, and the White City project, which has been honored by UNESCO as an example of modern architecture and town planning.


הישגים בתחומים שונים. עוד יום בתל-אביב-יפו (צילום: מוטי קמחי) 

Just another day in Tel Aviv (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

 

In July, leading travel magazine CondeNast ranked Tel Aviv as one of the world's 10 best cities for architecture lovers in 2012.

 

"Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tel Aviv's 'White City' contains 4,000 International Style buildings, many of which were built in the 1930s and 1940s," CondeNast's website noted.

 

"To accommodate the influx of Jewish immigrants fleeing Europe, German Bauhaus-trained architects integrated the modern style's affordable and functional building techniques with curved lines and a color well-suited for the Mediterranean climate to create a habitable city by the sea."

 

Tel Aviv has also made it to the Australian vacation rentals Airnb website's top 10 travel destinations for 2012. It was ranked below London and above Sidney and Barcelona.

 

These recent achievements join a series of titles Tel Aviv has won in various international magazines over the past few months. In June, Yahoo! Travel ranked the city's Gordon-Frishman beach in its list of the top 10 best urban beaches in the world.

 

 

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