For those of you who have never been to Israel and get your impressions from the mainstream media, I offer you the following video, which is much more typical of the Tel Aviv I see on my strolls. It was made by Carmel, who blogs in Hebrew at http://www.notes.co.il/carmel/. English-language Israeli bloggers Tif and Idan star as themselves at the end. What Carmel doesn't even mention, although at least Utube does, is that this video was made in February.
And now Commentary magazine weighs in with The First Hebrew City, an article about Tel Aviv by Hillel Halkin. I'm not posting a link to the article, because it's for subscribers only, but you can read a nice selection of excerpts here.