districts with support so they can maintain their properties
in the best state possible for the citizens. This not only
includes housing, but other factors as well. Today we have
a good understanding of the fact that operating costs are
equally as important as investment. It is important for us
to place a larger emphasis on city infrastructure and other
such projects that increase the quality of life for people.
Public spaces play an especially important role in this, as
they can make free-time and social activities for citizens
and visitors more appealing.
in 2023, the city has given almost 97 million crowns of
its budget towards the care and development of public
green spaces. Multiple foreign studies have concluded
that having plants around improves mood and decreases
stress. Greenery serves another purpose as well, as over
the period of ten hours every day it cools at a rate of up
to 7 kW. This ability greatly helps with the regulation of
microclimates and the mitigation of urban heat islands.
Personally, I would like to see Ostrava implement more
water based elements. For example, Vienna and its mist
The city is not planning to stop developing as long as
they have the finances and investors they need. Does
the city have these resources?
Yes, it does, and it is continually looking for new resources
and contacts. In October of this year, we are going to visit
the Munich Expo Real in order to establish these new
contacts and present a couple of interesting development
projects. We plan to present the Plzeňská street project,
which houses an area of 10 thousand m2 dedicated to
residential development and civil amenities. Then we
plan to talk about the T6 building in the Science and
Technology Park of Ostrava, in the context of which we
will be looking for parties interested in helping us construct
new commercial spaces for research and innovation.
We again will offer the building on Ostrčilova street for
reconstruction. There is a lot of real estate that the city can
offer. This includes the areas near Českobratrská street,
Černá louka, and a large plot of land for a residential block
between Poruba and Svinov, by Polská and Mongolská
streets. Lastly, we can offer more business related real
estate, such as on Českobratrská street in the Mošnov
industrial zone, or across from the airport, which offers
a large area for a business/administrative centre.
showers can be one of our inspirations. Greenery and
multifunctional spaces can work wonders. Time and
time again we are seeing that dedication to development
and investment projects pays off.
One thing is definitely clear- Ostrava is no longer
the coal black city it once was, and its visitors are
surprised at how much it has changed.
Yes, we allocate a significant portion of our focus
towards nature, parks and green spaces. Moreover,
our city’s budget is also substantial. For example, so far
So far in 2023, the city has given
almost 97 million crowns of its budget
towards the care and development
of public green spaces.
Do any of these projects include ones authored by
Ostrava’s citizens? Do any of these projects include
working with the citizens of Ostrava themselves?
Working with the citizens is amazing. When I first
came up with the idea of implementing participatory
budgeting back in 2016, I was the deputy mayor for
Ostrava-Jih and I had no idea that the citizens would have
so many good suggestions and such a desire to create,
cooperate, improve and solve issues together. This city
district, which is currently Ostrava’s most populated,
is now devoting 12 million crowns into the realisation
of these types of projects. The city-wide “Tvoříme
Prostor” project is offering another 4 million crowns
to the realisation of citizen projects. The participatory
budget is very open to and accommodating of new ideas
and this results in the citizens having a close relationship
with their city. Listening to the people always pays off.
Mrs. Tichánková, thank you for the interview.
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