NEW YORK (Dec. 17)
The problem of town planning and housing are paramount in Israel today, Leopold Schen, former head of the Jewish National. Fund in England and founder of the first “satellite” town in Israel, declared today at a press conference in the Commodore Hotel.
Schen, who is the “father” of the town of Tiv’on, “satellite” to Haifa, arrived from Israel this morning. Working through the medium of the organization, “Kereth” Housing and Mortgage Corp. Ltd., with which the American Kereth Corporation is affiliated, the town of Tiv’on came into being three years ago. It now has a population of five hundred families. It is a garden city, providing — in addition to a garden for each family — all modern comforts.
Schen foresees the probability of similar “satellite” towns to other large cities, such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He emphasized that the Government of Israel has lost no time in mobilizing the leading architects and engineers of the country to work out over-all national and regional town plans. “The day of haphazard building is nearly over,” he stated. One of the outstanding features of the garden city, Tiv’on, is that no speculation in land is permitted as the land belongs to the Jewish National Fund, Schen reported.