A bustling mediterranean city connected to the sea, having an active street life. A pluralistic multicultural city presenting a leading socio-political model to the world. A city of contemporary and energetic culture that attracts young populations seeking an urban lifestyle at equal prices for one and all.
A city that works towards providing affordable housing. A city that invests in lowering the cost of living of its residents in terms of transportation, education and housing, without sacrificing a high level of public services. A city where the mountains and topography become a tourist advantage. A city of spectacular architecture and historic municipal assets open to the general public.
A city with efficient, punctual public transportation. A city where the neighborhoods are connected to each other. A city that promotes healthy living for its residents in a constant and uncompromising manner according to sustainable planning principles, a combination of respect for the present and concern for the future.
A city that works to diversify and develop employment and leisure opportunities for residents of all ages. A city of pleasant and safe old neighborhoods that will be renovated and adapted to the needs of the 21st century, buildings will be fortified, public areas will be restored, community buildings and the activities held in them will be upgraded.
A city that will be managed in a transparent and fair way, perceiving the participation of its residents as a fundamental principle in the proper and sustainable management of a developing city in the 21st century that will manage a responsible, professional and planned budget to meet the needs of its residents and allow it to develop in a qualitative manner over time.
Dr. Einat Kalisch-Rotem Mayor of Haifa
How we work?
Strategic planning, research, development.
Haifa 2030 – The city of Haifa’s planning, strategy, research, and development body- Operates in the field of urban renewal and integrates all the necessary aspects of a multicultural, modern, and advanced city. Work processes are divided into stages of mapping and research, analysis, feasibility study, preparing a strategic plan, initiation, supervision, and control of the municipal entities that implement the program.
Mapping and Research
Initiation, Supervision and Control
To create and develop an urban space in Haifa that gives the city’s residents easy and convenient access to all components of life and all uses required on a daily basis such as housing, employment, educational institutions, public institutions, sports facilities, and cultural, commercial and leisure centers. In the urban renewal process, existing urban centers will be renovated, new centers will be established in areas having the potential for urban development that had been marginalized up until now, and the built heritage of the city will be preserved.
To address climate challenges proactively, recognizing our responsibility for environmental deterioration and our commitment as a society to take action to change the situation and develop sustainability that meets present needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Brutland Report, 1987). In this way, to prepare Haifa for the global climate crisis, turn it into a prosperous and healthy city having a high quality of life, enhanced by natural assets and rich ecological diversity, and continue to build it for the benefit of future generations.
The City of Haifa, where the sea is visible from almost every window and balcony, is blessed with a large natural bay, beaches open to the sea, beaches protected by storms (Kiryat Haim) and a very sheltered beach – Bat Galim – the only one on the Mediterranean coast in the country facing east-west. Haifa’s unique geographical location has made it a national center for windsurfers that is well-known all over the world. Alongside these, the city is blessed with a large commercial port and marina located in the Kishon River, which provides the best protection in the country against storms – the Shavit fishing anchorage. The potential is huge but it has not really been fully tapped.
Our objective is to increase the volume of marine activity in the city, to develop the culture of the sea and to promote the field of “blue economy,” which holds great opportunities. Extensive marine and coastal activity will add color to the city, stimulate tourism and add more jobs, recreation and leisure.
Small and medium-sized businesses are one of the most important growth engines of the local economy. Haifa sees these businesses as the cornerstone in building the urban economy in the city and establishing a thriving sustainable economy that will develop the residents’ community and social resilience. Therefore, business and commercial planning will be a part of any spatial planning.
To position Haifa as a bustling technological entrepreneurship center (within the city’s main areas), the locomotive of the technological entrepreneurship industry of the Haifa metropolitan area and the entire northern district. The development of high-tech and innovation has a far-reaching impact on the development of the urban economy and employment, and on attracting a creative population that adds value to the city and especially to the port district in the downtown area (employment, housing, recreation, shopping).
To provide a physical, organizational and social infrastructure for comprehensive and sustainable economic prosperity. This infrastructure will enable an increase in the number and diversity of places of employment. The municipality will encourage the transition from polluting industry to clean industry, develop the historic heart of the city as a main business center of metropolitan importance, and invest in reducing intra-urban gaps. Spatial planning will support local economic development, while creating a synergy between land uses and the various users in the area – residents, workers and visitors.Read More
To turn Haifa into a leading and contemporary cultural city, a city that encourages local and original, subversive and innovative, challenging, thought-provoking creation, a city with a voice and a statement, and inspiration for excellence and progress. To turn culture in Haifa into a wishing well of immigrants and a leverage for urban renewal.
Community is the fabric of relationships that a person weaves in his life, and profoundly affects his sense of friendship (socialization), quality of life and the meaning he finds in it. Global processes that put the individual at the center, the effects of capitalism and erosion of traditional social structures have made life in the modern city alienated and lonely to a large extent. Cities that foster community activism and involve residents in ongoing municipal work gain more involved residents, whose satisfaction with the municipal service is higher, and their bond with the neighborhood and city in which they live is stronger.