Tel Aviv's Florentine district, currently undergoing vibrant gentrification, is more than just a canvas for graffiti. It was initially an old part of the city, with land purchased for Greek Jews from Salonika who had suffered during World War I and had to flee from Greece amidst the fierce conflict between Greeks and Turks following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout its history, the district has been the poorest yet the liveliest in Tel Aviv.
Over the past decades, it started attracting African refugees, with drug abuse, prostitution, and petty crime flourishing in the area. The city authorities claimed it wasn't the district that shaped the people but the people who shaped the neighbourhood and encouraged young people to settle there. They allocated a park for vegetable and fruit gardening, and people now come to harvest the produce. The city authorities have even provided training on growing plants, installing special compost boxes, and even a unique outdoor cooperative cafeteria in the district.