Restoring the Lost Glory of Haifa's Once-posh Neighborhood

For decades, Nordau Street has been in a slow but steady decline. Now, civic-minded residents are trying to turn it into the symbol of the renaissance of what used to be the hub of the northern city's bourgeoisie.

As early as the days of the British Mandate of Palestine, Hadar Hacarmel’s Nordau Street – or, in its former incarnation, the Nordau pedestrian mall – served as a barometer of the neighborhood’s well-being. Nordau, the more prestigious, sedate brother of the parallel Herzl Street, prospered as a commercial district thriving with activity almost around the clock. Residents knew that, for going out, nothing beat...