Metropolitan dynamics in Israel: An emerging "metropolitan island state"?

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Abstract

This study analyzes metropolitan dynamics in a small country with an "island state" context of closed boundaries, using commuting data and mobile phone tracking data. We examine whether the Israeli context encourages the formation of a monocentric "metropolitan state," characterized by increasing links between localities throughout the country and its principal metropolitan node (Tel Aviv)-rather than with secondary metropolitan areas-and by fuzzy, overlapping metropolitan boundaries. Commuting data from the 1995 and 2008 censuses show that metropolitan expansion processes in Israel are gradual. Mobile phone tracking data for 2013 reveal similar patterns, confirming the urban structures stability and the reliability of tracking data as a means of assessing metropolitan processes. The "island state" context supports growing monocentricity, but, when it comes to commuting and travel for other purposes, Israel is not yet a metropolitan state; metropolitan boundaries are not as fuzzy and rapidly changing as expected.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1131-1148
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Geography
Volume36
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Tel Aviv
  • commuting
  • fuzzy boundaries
  • metropolitan state
  • mobile phone tracking data
  • polycentricity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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