Congratulation to the Krakow team!
According to Fernando’s roadmap for workshop preparation, they have lead an internal work to identify the most relevant topic they would like to share with the 2 host cities – and they now propose them to open the discussion in order to choose one focus topic together.
In this proposal document: Workshop Proposal Document_Krakow, Krakow describes its main preoccupations regarding Azory’s neighbourhood, which are:
Communication with the rest of the city, bad access to public spaces due to a bad maintenance, accessibility for disabled people, social exclusion / safety, “dead spaces”, perception of public / private / semi-private limits.
Azory’s users found during the LSG that there is enough recreational public areas – but most of them are redundant, poorly equiped and badly maintained. There are no spaces dedicated for specific activities (except children playgrounds). There are no bike road, no jogging, no rollerskating lanes… There are hardly any sportsgrounds, no picnic areas, etc. The lack of proper management and equipment is the reason why public spaces in Azory are harly ever used, or misused.
– Place identity
The place identity is a very important issue in Azory’s case. This is a very well known and distinctive area, but it is mostly because of being infamous. There is a dramatic difference between how the neighbourhood is perceived from the inside, and by the cities inhabitants. Surprisingly from the data collected during the LSG meeting and studying the housing property market, the value of apartments is relatively high, and there are no problems with selling or renting an apartment.
The comfort issue in public space should be self-understandable. In Azory case, public space users got accustomed to the poverty image of the neighborhood – and their expectations diminished. It is essential to show poeple that a good quality of public space is important to create good living conditions.