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Tallinn to develop the town centre; Vilnius and Riga – to reduce congestion

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaltic capitals have different town development strategies: Tallinn intends to focus on renovation and development of the city centre. Vilnius and Riga, however, consider realizing development projects outside of the city centre, as told on Monday, 26 September, by head architects of the three Baltic Capitals.

Tallinn’s head architect Endrik Mand noted that Tallinn has two main priorities at the moment – development of the coastal area and local centre. Different development projects will be realized on a total area of 1.5 million m2. This includes renovation of residential quarters, the port and multiple cultural objects.

«Even now we search for people who would like to return to living in the city centre, where we plan to carry out rapid development. For this purpose, Tallinn’s management has multiple priorities – development of public space, public transport development and redirection of heavy transports from the city centre to separate streets. A great deal of value is put in the development of new streets in the city centre,» – said Mand.

Vilnius’ head architect Mindaugas Pakalnis noted that Lithuania’s capital currently develops more rapidly than Riga. He predicted Vilnius will be the biggest Baltic city in 2035, which will further improve attraction of investments for Vilnius.

A considerable increase in office space in noted in Vilnius every year, Pakalnis said. Last year’s increase was 37,600 m2. This year’s increase is expected to be 67,000 m2. Next year’s increase may be 46,500 m2. Development of business centres is currently taking place in the city centre, where a new business centre is planned to be built.

«Vilnius also takes up a large territory. Our objective is to secure poly-centric development to ensure multiple centres form in the capital – it would reduce the large inflow of people to a single centre,» – said Pakalnis.

Riga’s head architect Gvido Princis noted that Riga has always been a green city. This is why the local government is interested in continuing ‘green development’, even though there are some projects in progress that do not seem all that green. Princis mentioned the new business centre in Skanste, Zakusala’s apartment complex and the northern transport crossing project as the main priorities.

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