In Tel Aviv, as in New York, Urbanism’ Is for the Wealthy

Neighborhoods with ‘character’ inevitably get bought up by the rich, pushing out the people, shops and age signs that gave them character in the first place.

So how do you know a neighborhood is gentrifying? In Tel Aviv, for example, it could be the old kiosk on the boulevard that’s suddenly filled with noisy young techies “working on something,” a farmer’s market, a deck at the port, Barcelona street benches, or an old, graying building that’s awarded Bauhaus status. In New York, by contrast, one sign is the proliferation of “green” dry cleaners that use organic,...