Public welfare or sectarianism: A new challenge for planning

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This article examines the weaknesses of liberal planning institutions when dealing with organised group action. The case under review, the Kiryat-Ha'Yovel neighbourhood in Jerusalem, was considered as secular for many years. In 2000 the neighbourhood became attractive to the nearby Haredi (ultra-orthodox Jews) group of the “Kol-Torah’ community. Differences in lifestyle led to a collision between the group of “Kol-Torah”, who began “Haredification” processes to change the character of the area to be suitable to Haredim, and the veteran population, who tried to prevent it. Identifying the main engines of organised neighbourhood change and evaluating the difficulties of liberalism dealing with non-autonomous individuals in the housing market sheds light on similar processes occurring in other city centres with diverse population groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-318
Number of pages20
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Haredi
  • Jerusalem
  • borders
  • boundaries
  • group action
  • interest group
  • planning
  • territory


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