Moscow is ahead of all capitals in terms of the scale of its land improvement. “Moscow today is probably one of few cities in the world that is carrying out works on such a large scale,” Deputy Mayor of Moscow Government on Housing, Utilities and Improvement Pyotr Biryukov said at the Moscow Urban Forum.
Moscow began actively modernising Moscow back in 2011. The primary task is to create a comfortable city both for its residents and guests. The programme’s implementation started with courtyards (there are more than 24,500 of them in Moscow), public areas and parks. In 2010 there were approximately 130 parking lots while today there are 436 of them. In this year alone some 128 new parking lots will appear. “These are the areas which were offered to Muscovites,” the deputy mayor said.
In order to create a more comfortable city, an urban land improvement standard was developed, which took into account transport, economic, tourist and ecological peculiarities of street areas. Also courtyards, water facilities, green areas, areas by metros are brought up to the new standards.
Gaming complexes and additional illumination in Moscow yards
According to Pyotr Biryukov, Muscovites were asked to express their views on how courtyards could be improved. Maintenance works in Moscow courtyards, which have been underway over the last six years, were carried out under new standards. The works also include installation of gaming complexes, creation of leisure areas, a pedestrian path network and additional parking lots. They also stipulate additional illumination of all courtyard areas, children’s and sports playgrounds.
My Street — creating comfort for pedestrians
The next step for the city’s improvement was the My Street programme. During its first stage, five streets in the centre were also put in order – part of Kuznetsky Most, Petrovka, Stoleshnikov and Kamergersky Lanes. This year the programme consisted of more than 80 facilities with Yakimanskaya Embankment, Golutvinskiye Lanes and New Square having already been finished. Almost all works will be finished in August. “We were given a task to have 320 repaired streets by the end of the year rather than the 202 we have today,” the deputy mayor said.
This year the Garden, Boulevard and Kremlin rings will be fully modernised and works from Pushkin Square to Tverskaya Zastava Square will be finished. The latter will turn into a public area where historical pavilions and trams will return.
Creation of comfort for pedestrians is one of the city’s top priorities. Pyotr Biryukov explained: “Our task is to transform a street for transport to a street for pedestrians, extending sidewalks and condensing traffic lanes to standard sizes.”
The creation of façade buildings is another important task of My Street. As per the programme, 2,000 facades have been repaired, 700 of them having their historical looks restored. Careful attention to history is one of the programme’s priorities. “We will not close any street in Moscow until archaeologists have carried out their research. Last year around 7,000 various artefacts were found which were later removed from their sites and placed in museums. This year we have set a new goal to place special display cases where Muscovites and guests of the capital will be able to see artefacts that were lying somewhere underground,” the deputy mayor said.
Pursuant to the programme, the facades of buildings will receive architectural-artistic illumination. In 2010 there were around of 150 of such houses, and now there are around 2,000 of them. Landscape illumination will appear on Sparrow Hills prior to the City Day. It will also be done on the Boulevard Ring, where maintenance works are nearly completed.
Biggest urban form
The 7th Moscow Urban Forum will be the biggest event in the history of such forums. It will gather more than 400 speakers, more than 11,000 participants registered for the business programme and 30,000 visitors are expected to attend. The forum will be held in pavilion No 75 at VDNKh on July 6-12.
The participants will discuss the development of agglomerations, renovation of residential property, creation of medical clusters and public-private partnerships. The business programme will consist of various presentations, public interviews, discussions, conferences, while guests will be able to attend lectures and workshops at the MUF Fest. The best development mega-projects of Moscow and other Russian cities will be also shown at the MUF Expo exhibition.