What Warsaw will be like in 14 years?

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Warsaw. Fot. E.Lach
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Active residents, friendly place, open metropolis – such vision of Warsaw was developed with the participation of residents, experts and officials as part of work on the development strategy of Warsaw until 2030.

“We have built the vision of Warsaw in 2030 together with the residents of the capital. Active residents, friendly place and open metropolis is Warsaw where we want to live in fourteen years,” said Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw.
During the conference, the Mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, together with Deputy Mayor Michał Olszewski, placed a message to the future on the 42nd floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, next to the clock mechanism. It contains a vision of Warsaw in 2030 printed on paper and recorded on CD and USB flash drive. In 14 years the message to the future will enable the mayor and the residents of Warsaw checking whether today's image of the capital came true.

We understand these slogans as follows:

Active residents – Warsaw is Us, its residents. We follow our own path, develop our interests, realise personal dreams and career ambitions, but together we are involved in the life of the city and feel responsible for it.
Friendly place – Warsaw is a city where everyone feels at home, free and safe. Richness of space, resulting from the skilful combination of tradition and modernity, urban and natural environment, locality and metropolitanity, it offers the convenience of living and favourable conditions for action.

Open metropolis – Warsaw is a city open to the world. Boldly facing the challenges, inspiring others. Thanks to its diversity and focus on cooperation, it is a unique environment for creating and developing ideas. It is an important centre in the network of European cities.

Debates, surveys, competitions -work on the vision lasted from September 2015. This phase of work included residents, entrepreneurs, representatives of non-governmental organisations, as well as experts and officials. There was a series of debates Warsaw 2030 and the Conference Warsaw 2030. City of the Future, which was attended by more than 700 people. At the same time, a survey with the question of what Warsaw we want in 15 years was available. It could be found in more than 100 locations in urban areas (e.g. in the district offices, community centres, sports and recreation centres) and on the website Almost 3000 surveys were collected.

What now with the construction of Warsaw's development strategy until 2030?
Currently, work on a strategic diagnosis, determining the potentials and challenges for the capital is underway. This time, experts, officials and working groups are involved in the work. Let us remind you that there are 5 working groups in the whole process of building the strategy for: social, economic, spatial, districts and system matters. 25 people, residents, officials and councillors of the Capital City of Warsaw, are involved in work of the first three groups.
Soon, in April, the city again invites the residents to cooperate in the creation of Warsaw's development strategy until 2030, this time in setting the objectives which are to help us achieve the vision of our city. During meetings in the districts and workshops, participants will discuss what needs to be changed or improved in Warsaw in the future. Information collected will be a starting point for further work on the development strategy of Warsaw.

In total, nearly 40 events, including 18 meetings in the districts, which all the residents can participate in, and 12 workshops for different groups of residents of Warsaw will be organised. Among others, youth and seniors, parents of children under the age of 18, representatives of traditional and innovative companies, star-ups, as well as non-governmental organisations can take part in them. 20 people will be able to participate in each workshop. There will also be open debates for the residents and – as every Wednesday – duty of people working on the strategy called Wednesday with strategy.

The development strategy is a document which specifies the direction in which the city is to develop for the next several years. It shows what development objectives are the most important. It also allows identifying the most crucial actions for which funds from the city budget are to be allocated. This strategy is one of the most important documents, which concerns every citizen of the capital.