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Shapira, Tel Aviv

Coordinates: 32°3′3.01″N 34°46′35.83″E / 32.0508361°N 34.7766194°E / 32.0508361; 34.7766194

Old well house near the Central Bus Station

Shapira (Hebrew: שכונת שפירא‎) (Shechunat Shapira) is a neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, Israel with a population of 8,000. It is located south of the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station and extends to the Ayalon Highway in the east, Mount Zion Boulevard in the west, and to Kibbutz Galuyot Street in the south.[1]

Shapira is home to a large community of migrants and foreign workers.[2] In 2005, it was described as one of the most heterogeneous neighborhoods in Tel Aviv.[3]

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HistoryEdit

The neighborhood was founded by Meir Getzl Shapiro, an American Jewish businessman, who immigrated to Palestine in 1922 and bought plots along the seashore.[4]

Shapira is being renovated[when?] under the auspices of Project Renewal, a national project to rehabilitate poor neighborhoods.[5] Work is under way[when?] on roads, curbs and sidewalks, water infrastructure, sewage and drainage, lighting, communications and landscaping.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Infinite Design map of Tel Aviv neighbourhoods".
  2. ^ Israel mulling long-term detention of illegal migrants, Haaretz
  3. ^ A model of a heterogeneous neighborhood, GeoJournal
  4. ^ Tel Aviv's forgotten neighborhood
  5. ^ "Stop sending us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses".
  6. ^ Development of Mesilat Yesharim Street in Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood

Further readingEdit

  • Neither in Jaffa nor in Tel Aviv: Stories, Testimonies and Documents from the Shapira Neighborhood, Sharon Rotbard

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