Changes in the City Space Against the Background of the Sustainable Development Concept: the Case of Opole
Dembicka-Niemiec, Agnieszka Katarzyna
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The concept of sustainable development is gaining popularity both in science and practice. It provides a basis for implementing actions and initiatives aimed at improving the living conditions of the urban population while respecting the natural environment. Decisions made by city managers regarding new projects should take into account economic and environmental effects as well as the voice of the local community. This is an extremely difficult task and its results may meet with approval or criticism. Nevertheless, the actions taken should reduce the problems faced by the city and its inhabitants. The conducted research was based on a descriptive case study as a qualitative research methodology and the method of observation and desk research as well as analysis of public statistics sources. The aim of this paper is to identify changes in urban space and to determine their importance in shaping sustainable urban development. The research scope included the elements of urban space and the directions of its changes from 2004 to 2020 in Opole city. The investment activities undertaken in Opole are to a large extent justified and follow the principles of urban sustainable development. However, more attention should be paid to the management of public squares and the construction of new housing.
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