"Petha Tikva(Tikwa) my home town" Petah Tiqwa by moppys

Petah Tiqwa Travel Guide: 35 reviews and 59 photos

The old and The New

My home town, Petah-TIkva(an entrance for hope).
old Nickname: mother of all colonies.
new Nickname: city of options.

A postcard from 1900 aprox. featuring land workers

What was once a colony full of orchards and agriculturists became a city that adds more and more neighborhoods to it's domain while switching one floor houses to higher buildings. Today a new park area is opening up and it has increased the remaining "green area"; Compensating for the over development of the city and it's borders. Well that's just a modern way to say we want our children to enjoy wide areas of park's grass instead of the never ending orchards/fields and trees the city once had.

In junior high school in PT there is a class for agriculture where students learn and work the fields once a week for a few hours (it's common for cities with close by orchards) this is like closing a circle between the city kids and the history of the city. I hope this tradition will last!

The tree on the photo is the highest tree in petha-tikva and every year, as long as I could remember, I watched it shake and survive very strong winds, rain and even one year of hail. You just can't believe it when you see it, you can think it's crazy to keep it that high around population, kinder gardens and electrical lines, but it's a stubborn old tree which keeps proud and tall even though it's alone around blocks of building - a symbol to cherish and live as many years as possible for it's the most handsome tree - "my" tree.

General Information

History:
Agriculture Album
In a nutshell: The goal was to work the land and make the place sutiable for life as the swamps brought diseases with them and the land wasn't ready for argiculture. with the vision and the daily determination the jews came each day and work the land and came back to Jafo to sleep. later with the help and support from the Baron Of Rothshild vinegars and a synagogue were built and experts were brought to supervise the work and to console. when more and more people made ALIYA the Arab workers were subsituted with Hebrew Work(Avoda Ivrit) i.e. just jews and the oranges fields prospered.

Orientation:
30 minutes east of Tel Aviv(TA) 10 minutes of Ramat Gan. 30 minutes south of Hertselia. 1 hour of Jerusalem. 30 minutes of Rishon Letsion.

Transportation:
The bus and minibus service is one of the most developing in Israel(check my tip in Tel aviv district) The train position is located on a not very accessible location. There are plans for a light railway which will be the first in Israel.

Religious Dispute?
The population vary and has from ortho dox jews to religious people to less religious people with about the same split, so you can't characterize the city. The city is not a religious city nor the opposite and those who lives here should accept it as a fact.

Food:
The resturants in the center of the city are pretty authentic common food which is a different experience from TA, we got lots of "Falafel" and Yamani food that are considered to be as #1 in it's taste, it's intresting to learn that so many resturants co-exist on the same area.
The city's market is something you ought to see if you visit here since this is not common in cities in Israel. mainly food and vegtebales, the floor may be a bit slippery at times.

The symbol says:
"he who works his land will be full of bread"

PT is under Construction

The looks of the city is changing as the years go by while the developments and maintanace on the roads and street hasn't paused for at least 5 years.In other words investment for the future infrastructure, transportation and paths while losing the neat and tidy look as a city should look.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The best and rapid transportation network + lots of Health Care Centers
  • Cons:Fails to stand-out and attract intrest , culture and nightlife is considered inferior to other cities
  • In a nutshell:construction of the tomorrow and a history of israeli land workers that came to revive the land
  • Intro Updated Apr 19, 2006
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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    Just got back from Petah Tikva and had a nice time. So you are getting a light rail system, too. Your streets are as torn up as ours...LOL

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