‘Mekomi’ (which means in Hebrew both local and my place) in Tel Aviv is the movement of young people living in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv is proud to represent the diverse population of the most pluralistic and vibrant city in Israel, diversity which is reflected at its strongest in the young population living in the city. Our goal is to push forward the interests of the underrepresented youth community.
Tel Aviv-Yafo is the cultural, economic, and entrepreneurial heart of Israel. Yet the city makes life difficult for the very youth who have made Tel Aviv a center of interest on a global scale.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv is a movement of young people who wish to represent themselves in the corridors of the municipality. In a city with a huge budget of NIS 4.5 billion a year, its residents do not have the tools to understand where our hard-earned tax revenue is being spent. Our voice is needed in the city council. Mekomi is a progressive movement that will advance principles of social justice and transparency in the management of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
The Mekomi movement is the voice of the young generation of the city, and represents the spirit that has made Tel Aviv world-renown. Our movement advocates strengthening the mosaic of unique urban communities, thereby narrowing the gaps in infrastructure between Jaffa and South Tel Aviv with its Center and North neighborhoods.
Mekomi promotes an environmental agenda to make Tel Aviv-Jaffa a city with sustainable development principles and a transportation system that favors public transport, cyclists and pedestrians - as is appropriate and necessary for Israel's business and creative center.
We are the renters, we are the bus riders and the cyclists, and we are the producers and consumers of culture. We are university students, high school students, and soldiers, we are entrepreneurs and artists. Together, we are Tel Avivians.
Because youth is not an age, it's a state of mind.
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Renting is Not a Matter of Indulgence
Housing is a right, and a house is not just four walls. For us, renting is the reality in which we build ourselves. We do not expect to live for free in the most sought-after city in the country - we demand to hold slumlords accountable for charging outrageous prices for dilapidated buildings, and correct the lack of supervision in the urban rental market that is completely out of control.
Tel Aviv is a city with apartments that do not meet modern demands, with arbitrary rental prices, and with outdated customs and unfair rent.
Tel Aviv is full of small households. In fact, the average house in the city has only 2.2 people, but the size of the average apartment is more than 140 square meters. In a city where almost 70% of households only have one or two people - only 20% of the city’s apartments are the size intended for households like ours.
The Mekomi movement will switch the pyramid.
More apartments on its head and demand an urban policy that advocates bringing apartment sizes and costs into the 21st century reality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
We will promote increasing the percentage of appropriately sized, affordable apartments in new projects being built in the city.
When we rent in Tel Aviv Jaffa, we are dealing with a wild and under-regulated market. Housing prices are climbing at a nonstop pace, and many realtors are taking advantage of the loopholes in the State's laws and are continuing to force their costs on the consumer. We will set basic rental requirements:
The establishment of a municipal mechanism to recommend the appropriate rental prices and compensation for owners of apartments that meet the threshold defined by the municipality.
Creation of a system of municipal incentives for proper and fair rental, for the landlord and the tenant.
Promoting municipal legislation that will fix the loopholes in the general rental law and better protect renters.
So, we are running for City Council.
Today, the city's voice does not speak out clearly for tenants' rights. Our movement will force the Tel Aviv municipality to be an active player in the local rental market:
We will establish and expand legal services provided by the municipality to tenants.
We will operate an Urban Appeals Center for housing rights.
We will ensure increased municipal enforcement against the criminal behavior of landlords.
I'm on My Way, Wait for Me!
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is not only Israel’s nerve center for business and culture; it is also a center for endless nerves on the road.
The city is collapsing under the load of private cars that block our streets and push aside more efficient and clean transportation. Our public transportation network is not efficient enough to serve as a serious alternative for those who can own a vehicle, and our bicycle infrastructure does not provide an opportunity for safe and continuous rides for long distances. Pedestrians wishing to cross the Ayalon or even just wander through the city's neighborhoods will find unsafe roads which they are forced to share with dangerous bicycles and scooters.
When the city's young people travel they rely mainly on public transportation and two-wheeled vehicles.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv believes that Tel Aviv-Jaffa must be an urban center that is based on efficient and convenient public transportation.
Our local movement will act to make Tel Aviv-Jaffa the leader of a unified network of transport cooperation between the metropolitan cities of Gush Dan.
We will ensure that our institutions of higher education are connected to the different neighborhoods of the city by adding designated routes to the gates of the campuses.
We will increase the supply of Monit Sherut private shuttle lines within the city in all directions. We will also work with community managers to create a transportation system from Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s remote neighborhoods to the business centers in the heart of the city.
Tel Aviv Yaffo will lead the daily riding culture on bicycles and scooters in a safe, contiguous, and separated lane from pedestrians and heavy vehicles as much as possible. We believe that good infrastructure creates thoughtful and cautious riders.
Our local movement will set the goal of allowing riders to cross the city from one end to the other safely, efficiently, and with pleasure.
Our priority is to make the roads safe. The Wild West-style traffic in the city must stop. Electric bicycles will be outfitted with ID plates, the riding paths will be separated from pedestrian sidewalks, and a safe and orderly solution will be planned for crossing intersections.
We will make the roads more efficient. Today it is very difficult to cross the Ayalon by riding between the various parts of the city - from Jaffa to the heart of the city, for example. Mekomi Tel Aviv will promote the municipal bicycle network becoming a real network - efficient and continuous - with recommended and practical routes for daily riding.
Riding will be fun - continuous paths, clear riding instructions at intersections, and maximum separation from the vehicles and pedestrians will make riding the preferred mode of transportation for most of the city's residents.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa will transform to a reality where walking between parts of the city is pleasant and preferable. Crossing the Ayalon Highway should not be an unbearable journey in the blazing sun.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv is working to map the main junctions and roads in the city where pedestrians are now afraid to approach, and will fix them according to a methodology that places pedestrians at the top of the list of priorities.
We will advance the extension of sidewalks and the repair of road hazards, construct walking paths suitable for wheelchairs and create a committee that will advance pedestrian needs in Tel Aviv.
Through the deployment of suitable infrastructure for cycling, and the education of pedestrians and riders for safe and considerate use of urban roads, Mekomi Tel Aviv will return the city’s sidewalks to the pedestrians.
The World's a Stage... Are We?
Culture, art and entrepreneurship
With more than a hundred cultural institutions, art and what Tel Aviv Jaffa is the capital of Israeli culture. However, the city makes it difficult for local creators to live and create by bureaucratic mechanisms and expensive living - and thus, pushing them to other cities.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv will work to strengthen artists, artists and young entrepreneurs in the city, proactively, for the benefit of the urban public space and for the quality of life of creators at the beginning.
Mekomi in Tel Aviv is a community of artists and entrepreneurs and therefore we understand and understand the most basic difficulties of the creators in the city. Thanks to this, we will work to increase the exposure of art and creativity in the city by integrating artists and creators in the public space, as part of the municipality's projects to preserve the neighborhood heritage or improve the public space.
We will work to make local culture accessible to all residents of the city. We will promote lowering the arnona in studio and work spaces and the use of empty buildings (mostly public buildings) for music, art, rehearsal and art venues. We will work to enhance cultural diversity by encouraging artists of different backgrounds and populations.
We want Tel Aviv to be a city that not only provides culture, but creates culture. A city that gives the stage to artists and artists. We will work to strengthen the connection between educational institutions and creative institutions, starting with galleries and theatres where young people can present and perform.
We will increase support for alternative theatre and video art initiatives in the city by supporting artists' résumés, advertising, and rental space at discounted rates, and through supporting municipal and private foundations that promote alternative art and will increase tenders and call for funding.
Culture does not have to be a luxury or a privilege for a particular segment of the population. Therefore, we will act to make culture accessible to young people and populations of low socio-economic status - to equally enjoy a play, a concert, and films. We want cultural experiences to be subsidized at a reasonable price. An example of this is the Philharmonic Orchestra, which four years ago introduced discounted tickets on the basis of available space for young people at NIS 65 to support and nurture young people’s access to original art that takes place in the city. This provides assistance in exposure, integration in the urban space, and economic support for a percentage of young artists who live in the city. In Boston, for example, art students are connected to art institutions. Students can submit their work to institutions in the city. That's how you create a culture: young people who appear on the fringe are able to put on one show of and for young people (adults with a subscription can see the performance of a new director and young actors).
We will work to integrate art into the public sphere.
We will work to open museums and galleries to young people once a month for free.
We will promote the idea of a quota of seats for young people in large performances in Tel Aviv.
We're Getting Stronger
Sports as a way of life and culture.
Tel Aviv-Yafo proudly hosts a variety of world sporting events. We will make sure that the upcoming marathon or the next big cycling event enables the city's residents to enjoy convenient bus routes and minimizes disruption in daily routine. With the help of budgeted funds for hosting these events in the city's public space, the events must give back to the residents, inter alia, by continuing to promote infrastructure from bicycle paths, public spaces convenient for the city’s residents, and additional bus routes during the events.
We will work to establish a community center that will be operated and funded by the municipality for surfing and marine sports in the city.
We will encourage and strengthening Tel Aviv athletes through grants and public advertising as part of "local pride" for the city's residents.
For Man is the Tree of the Field
Urban Sustainability: Recognizing the city as the place where most human activity takes place.
A sustainable city provides a life of happiness and respect for all, both inside and in the periphery. It uses its infrastructure and material, natural, human, and social resources wisely and fairly, taking responsibility for its role in managing global ecosystems, and with responsibility for the physical and cultural heritage for generations to come. Tel Aviv-Jaffa can be a city that strives to achieve sustainability. It is necessary to change the discourse on the environment. A life free of pollution and filled with green spaces is not a privilege, but a necessity for the economy, society, and for the city to grow into a home for our increasing population. Our environment is in danger. We face challenges such as construction on the beaches, lack of waste treatment, inadequate recycling infrastructure, and polluting vehicles.
When we are in the City Council we commit to promote the following principles:
Mekomi Tel Aviv commits to remain faithful to the principles of sustainability, to give priority to environmental initiatives that promote a green lifestyle in both our personal lives and the conduct of the municipality and public institutions in the ongoing struggle over the urban nature of the city.
We commit to the adoption of green building and renewable energy standards in existing buildings, requiring real estate developers to give back to the public space with vegetation shade.
We will adopt significant aspects of the model of the municipality of Paris, which has lowered many barriers in the installation of solar systems on rooftops, on urban agriculture and community gardens, and the massive planting of trees in and around the city.
We will ensure increased enforcement of environmental standards, water quality, and supervision of the discharge of sewage into the sea. To this end we will promote the establishment of a comprehensive waste recycling system
We will create an initiative to plant fruit trees, collect the fruit during flowering seasons, and integrate urban nature into construction projects.
We will support and advance:
The protection of open spaces and parks, including saving the beach. We will oppose construction plans that threaten the coastline, which belongs to all of us.
We will keep the beach clean of plastic by encouraging and strengthening social initiatives to reduce and clean up waste.
We will encourage small businesses to buy locally and benefit from cooperative consumerism.
We will work to issue tenders to businesses that protect the environment.
We will promote renewable energy in municipal and public buildings.
We will work to remove barriers against urban agriculture on roofs.
We will support environmental organizations and social initiatives in both the halls of government and in the field.
We will encourage the construction of solar panels on public structures.
We will help private homes to plant trees.
We will increase the planting of municipal trees by 20%
We will ensure maximum use in the construction of new buildings
For every new property in the city we will demand more from the entrepreneur for the benefit of the public.
We will encourage residents to plant urban gardens through strengthening the connection between residents and local nurseries.
We will increase the amount of dog parks and work to open a larger animal clinic in the city.
We will work to reduce food waste from local businesses and restaurants by adopting global initiatives that connect charitable organizations to businesses.
We will promote Meatless Monday in municipal institutions and support local agriculture and healthy nutrition.
We will work to promote and add content to the field of sustainability and urban agriculture in the educational institutions and the university.
As a party of many members who choose a plant-based diet, we will work together with animal rights organizations and naturalists to continue strengthening Tel Aviv-Yafo as a vegan city and such a power in the world.
We will work to encourage more efficient recycling through adding recycling areas to public buildings.
We will work to add smart garbage cans underground.
We will work to establish neighborhood compost facilities.
Tel Aviv-Yafo should be a mouthpiece for environmental innovation and we will raise our voices on the national level to promote partnerships between metropolitan areas on environmental and urban issues.
Oh Tel Aviv - How Beautiful You Are!
Mekomi Tel Aviv will act to increase pluralism in the public sphere and bring the city's diverse groups closer together. We will work to maintain a secular and liberal character in the public sphere and to reverse the decline in educational institutions in the city.
On our City Council list candidates make up an equal number of women and men. We expect and aspire to influence the equal representation of women in municipal institutions and work to reduce gender gaps in the city.
Mekomi Tel Aviv is proud to adopt the pride program formulated by the LGBT Association of Israel and we are committed to promoting municipal support for the gay community and continuing to develop municipal services for the community.
Mekomi Tel Aviv advocates green policy and believes in the principles of sustainable development. We will encourage the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality to be a mouthpiece for environmental innovation and to encourage green principles in planning, living, commerce, and community life in the city.
And how beautiful it is - Tel Aviv-Jaffa is not yet united. The city still suffers from serious gaps in infrastructure. Old populations are being gentrified out of their neighborhoods and various groups in distress continue to seek refuge in the city's most vulnerable areas.
Mekomi Tel Aviv seeks to strengthen the representation of Jaffa residents in the leadership of their Jaffa communities to solve the challenges and opportunities they face. We will promote the spread of the Arabic language throughout the city, in order to make the public space, cultural events, and city institutions truly accessible.
There is hope for South Tel Aviv. The most neglected and tense area in the city is also the area where local communities promote change, and civil society organizations operate around the clock on burning social issues. The municipality must strengthen social activity in the south of the city. We will work to allocate earmarked funds for social and community projects of the local population.
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality should develop and implement a strategic plan on the issue of asylum seekers and migrant workers. In the absence of national policies and plans, the city must take the reins into its own hands. Tel Aviv-Jaffa can and should absorb groups of foreign population, but in a way that orients and includes the foreign audience with civil society and the local social fabric, while supporting a parallel governmental process for dispersing the foreign population in other cities in Israel.
The Central Bus Station is a neglected ugly traffic jam in the heart of the southern neighborhoods of the city. We will work to promote a national plan in cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality to evacuate the station and develop a strategic plan to strengthen and renew the area for the benefit of the local residents.
Have you heard of the high-line in Brooklyn? We believe that where there is darkness, there is also light. In a few years, we will be able to turn lifeless gray parts of the station into green gardens and public spaces for the benefit of urban nature and community.
We will take an active part in promoting initiatives that help homeless people, vulnerable women and men in engaged in sex work, and drug addicts. We pledge to take part in the war against the phenomena of prostitution in the south of the city.