Vladivostok Urban Environment Quality Index Grows Due to Public Business Infrastructure and Urban Spaces

According to the results of 2021, Vladivostok received 193 points in the index of the quality of the urban environment among large cities with a relatively comfortable climate – 7 points more than in 2020. During this time, the indicators of public business infrastructure and urban spaces have improved. And the social and leisure infrastructure received the lowest marks in the last four years.

The quality index of the urban environment is calculated annually by the Ministry of Construction and Housing of the Russian Federation. The formation of the index is influenced by 36 indicators, which characterize the six most popular types of urban spaces: housing, social, business and social and leisure infrastructure and adjacent spaces, green areas, promenades, street infrastructure and urban space.

Each indicator is evaluated on a 10-point scale, the values ​​are summed and form the final quality index. The maximum number of points that a city can score is 360. The urban environment is considered favorable if the quality index is more than 180 points. According to the results of 2021, the average value of the index was 184 points.

The cities of the country differ both in size and in climatic conditions. That is why in the index they are divided into groups depending on population and climate. Accordingly, cities can be compared only within their size and climate groups.

12 cities were considered in the Primorsky Krai. Vladivostok (193 points among the big ones), Ussuriysk (181 points among the big ones, almost like Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – 183) and Fokino (187 points among the small ones) and Dalnerechensk (181 points among the small ones) were among the cities with a favorable urban environment. In the other eight cities, the environment is considered unfavorable.

Big cities – Nakhodka and Artyom – scored 170 and 149 points, respectively. Arsenyev was estimated at 171 points among medium-sized cities. In small towns with different populations (50 thousand and less) Dalnegorsk has 170 points, Spassk-Dalny – 161, Bolshoi Kamny – 160, Lesozavodsk and Partizansk – 132 each.

Vladivostok did not reach even half of the average score in such indicators as the road network (29 points), green spaces (27 points) and social and leisure infrastructure (24 points). At the same time, public and business infrastructure (40 points), housing (38 points) and urban space (35 points) were rated above average.

Indicator / Year 2021 2020 2019 2018

Housing and surrounding areas

38 39 39 37

Street and road network

29 30 27 32

Green spaces

27 24 25 26

Public and business infrastructure and adjacent spaces

40 34 30 30

Social and leisure infrastructure and adjacent spaces

24 27 33 34

Citywide space

35 32 30 37

Final score

193 186 184 196

The final estimate for Vladivostok in 2021 is higher than in 2020, but still lower than in 2018. In the general rating of large cities, the average score is 200 (from 170 to 233). Neighbors from Khabarovsk – 202.

During the year, the assessment of public and business infrastructure has increased significantly (taking into account the share of lighted streets; the area of ​​the city, cleaned with the help of municipal vehicles; exterior design of urban space) – from 34 to 40 points.

Housing is kept at the level of 37-39 points all these four years (taking into account the share of emergency homes; the share of those sent for recycling solid waste; the diversity of housing).

The city-wide space (availability of public transport stops; number of accidents; share of population provided with quality drinking water; share of population over 14 involved in urban development) has never shown unsatisfactory estimates. In 2021, we will hand over the first part of Nagorny Park, improve the Komsomoltsev Square and Matrossky Square, the embankment on the Second River, the beach on Tatarskaya, Burachka Hill, began the reconstruction of the Mining Town Park, whose projects were discussed with citizens.

Stably low scores on landscaping (taking into account the share of green areas and their attractiveness; the state of greenery; the share of the population with access to parks, squares and forests). The condition of the trees in particular was influenced by typhoon “Maisak” and the ice storm that hit the city in 2020 and the consequences of which were fought in 2021.

The last two years are below average (and in 2021 it is the worst) social and leisure infrastructure (taking into account the diversity of cultural and leisure and sports infrastructure; the share of children in line in kindergarten; services for people with limited mobility; sports infrastructure).

The road network (taking into account the proportion of people killed in road accidents; road congestion; pedestrian accessibility and accessible environment for the disabled) has variable success – year after year. This time the score is only one point lower, but it is already less than the average for large cities.

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