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THINKING ABOUT ENVIRONMENT IN A MID-SIZE CITY
CASE STUDY OF KECSKEMÉT
András Donát Kovács*
Hungarian Academy of Sciences CERS, Institute for Regional Studies
Alföld Research Department - Kecskemét
„NEW IDEAS AND NEW GENERATIONS
OF REGIONAL POLICY IN EASTERN EUROPE”
Pécs, April 07-08. 2016.
*Geographer PhD - sociologist
* [email protected]
Starting points
- „Small and mid-sized cities designed for
people, not cars!„
- „Citizens who enjoy living in town are proud of the
town and are more likely willing to stay”
(Kunzmann 2015)
- Liveability - accessibility - walkability
Keywords:
- the beauty of a town,
- the cultural heritage, local architectural traditions,
attractive public parks,
- individual health security,
- leisure opportunities
(Royal Haskoning DHV 2015)
How do we make urban environment better
in mid- size towns
not just in large cities?
Urban centre sizes in population
S between 50 000 and 100 000
M between 100 000 and 250 000
L between 250 000 and 500 000
XL between 500 000 and 1 000 000
global city
more than 5 000 000
The main types of landscapes and the pieces of settlement areas
Close to nature (semi-natural) places
Old lawns, relict Oak woodland
Gripen fighters above the city
MILITARY AIR BASE CLOSE TO THE URBAN ZONE
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN AND MAIN SQUERE
LARGE OUTSKIRTS MOSAIC LAND USE
Almost totally artificial and modified
HOUSING ESTATES, GREEN PATCHES
ICONIC BUILDINGS
Art Nouveau, Social realizm and postmodern
Achievements of the past years
Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid buses
MODERN SEWAGE TREATMENT
RENEWED PUBLIC SPACE, REVITALIZED PARKS
COVERED GROUND, too much concrete
ARTIFICIAL STREETS OVERHEAD LINES
ELIT SUBURBS, pompous hauses
ERODED AND RUINED STREETS
DEPRIVATION SEGREGATION
ILLEGAL LANDFILL SITES, EXTREME POLLUTIONS
The current environmental program and action plan
• Improvement of environmental conditions in the
wider city area,
• protection of urban air
• development of urban green spaces,
• modernization of sanitation, waste management,
selective waste collection
• reduction of traffic hazards
www.kecskemet.hu
Urban space = complex settlement-environmental system
Closing thoughts
The complex urban environment
requires significant changes,
new attitudes and moral!
Thank you for your attention!

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