The “Vital Neighborhood” is an innovative development model, which brings the rural development approach to the heart of the urban space, while maintaining the benefits of each. It’s a unique form of urban renewal, which provides a response to the basic needs of most people – including social opportunities, personal security, access to green spaces, and especially the goal of living as part of a community.
The “Vital Neighborhood” model provides a solution to a number of challenges facing Israeli society;
– A response to the housing shortage
– Encouraging urban renewal
– A response to the personal and national needs of a strong community and society
All of these are part of the process of strengthening the Negev and the Galilee in the framework of long-term planning that takes into account the growth of the population and the dispersion that is needed as a result of this growth.
Two ways to establish “Vital Neighborhoods”:
– Transforming existing neighborhoods into “Vital Neighborhoods,” by adopting actions that stimulate urban renewal and the implementation of program community principles.
– The establishment of new neighborhoods within the cities, according to the “Vital Neighborhoods” model. The neighborhoods will be established as an organic part of the city to ensure their integration into the existing urban fabric, which will allow residents to enjoy high-level local services, which are part of the neighborhood.
The uniqueness of a “Vital Neighborhood,” as compared to other high-quality neighborhoods in Israel is the combination that it offers physical planning as well as communal planning. These aspects are usually found only in Rural villages and towns, yet the “Vital Neighborhood” offers these benefits of small town life with the advantage of city conveniences.