Residents of Vladivostok and Artyom can share ideas on how to make life in their cities more comfortable and interesting. According to the mayor’s office, an online platform “What the city wants” has been launched for this purpose. Citizens can tell what spaces, infrastructure, services or cultural facilities they lack. The proposals will define the future appearance of Vladivostok and Artyom as a single agglomeration: they will be used by experts in developing a spatial development strategy.
“It is very important for us that the approaches to the development of the master plan take into account not only the opinions of experts, which are based on modern standards of urban planning and indicators of socio-economic development. Feedback from residents who know about the problems and benefits of their cities must be taken into account. Then the master plan of the promising agglomeration will become an effective tool for strategic planning, will be able to ensure the comfort of the urban environment and the attractiveness of urban spaces, “said Konstantin Shestakov, head of Vladivostok.
Citizens can share their proposals on the online platform until May 5, 2022. The general results of the collection of ideas promise to be published on May 16. The received wishes are also published on the resource after technical moderation: for example, Vladivostok residents want to expand pedestrian zones in the city center.
The strategic master plan will be developed on behalf of Vladimir Putin, given at the Eastern Economic Forum in 2021, with the participation of the administrations of Vladivostok and Artyom. The press service notes that Strelka is developing and supporting the platform.
It will be recalled that in September 2021, Vladimir Putin noted that “the cost of housing in the Far East has grown significantly,” and the market lacks quality and affordable offers. During the WEF, the President announced a large-scale program to renovate Far Eastern cities. In 2022, the Far East is to develop master plans for 25 cities (6 of them in Primorye) to participate in the competition for funding for renovation.
At the beginning of 2022, the master plan of Vladivostok existed only in words. Yuri Trutnev later noted that if the renovation plan of the Far Eastern capital is still prepared for WEF-2022 and adopted, as promised earlier in the Ministry of Oriental Development, its further fate – the division into projects and seeking funding.