Various aspects are involved in the development of a city, such as an attractive city center, a wide range of commercial and gastronomic offerings, a certain appeal and a vibrant cultural scene, tourist attractions, a fertile ecosystem for start-ups and much more. . A multifaceted network of themes to which the Congress on Urban Development Frequentcity was dedicated on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A highly motivated and colorful mix of actors came to the Heilbronn educational campus auditorium for the seven workshops on the second day of the congress: restaurateurs, administrative staff, retailers, city councilors, cultural operators and so on. They have ideas and concepts in their baggage and want to exchange ideas with the aim of making Heilbronn an increasingly lively and livable city.
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Participants intensively deal with four design ideas for Heilbronn
Here’s how the participants of the workshop “How can a city center in (ttra) ktiv be built together?” ten suggestions for projects that could be realized in Heilbronn. For four of the projects, therefore, they work out the first steps towards implementation and possible obstacles.
Among these, for example, the idea of setting up an open kitchen with a large table in the city center where everyone can cook and eat with friends after registering. Right next to this kitchen, one participant suggested, citizens could do urban gardening so they have fresh ingredients on hand for cooking. Another idea concerns a “green reset”, the unsealing of traffic areas to bring green oases to the city. Another proposal brings into play cultural and gastronomic mobile islands in the city center.
Avoid vacancies, show hospitality
The workshop “Avoiding job vacancies in the city center” is about, among other things, the dialogue between owners and the city, forward-looking planning and possible penalties in case of persistent vacancies. In the tourism workshop, participants will discuss the city’s self-esteem and the importance of hospitality for tourist attractiveness.
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In “The city of the future as a start-up ecosystem”, the educational campus itself is a topic and how students and start-ups could be brought into the city center. In addition to other points, “This is how trading works today and tomorrow” focuses on the concept of service and how good and easily accessible advice works.
Not all workshops are particularly interactive
There are also participants from other cities, for example an employee from the city of Ingolstadt who is interested in how Heilbronn managed to dismantle the busy Federal Highway 39 on the Neckar in favor of a green waterfront. In general, however, the sustainability and climate resilience of cities are secondary topics in the lectures and workshops.
Participants do not have the opportunity to speak in all workshops as often as some would have liked. Some criticize the fact that they would have liked to discuss more, express their ideas, develop solutions and develop them with their peers in the industry.
Network and join forces
However, the positive feedback can be heard everywhere: it is good that actors from different sectors come together and network. Many restaurateurs or traders feel that they have made valuable contacts, even with the municipal administration. Finally, one point that participants work on throughout the day is also this: everyone should know who is responsible for what, and everyone should collaborate.
“Nobody is babbling” is what was written at the end of the final round with all the participants of the congress on a slide with the results of the workshops. Some participants pointed out that anyone who complains about developments and complaints in Heilbronn should always make a suggestion on how things could be improved.
The Frequentcity city development congress was organized by the city of Heilbronn and the Wissensstadt association. 200 stakeholders participated on the spot. On the first day, nearly 90 additional participants virtually joined. The city wants to continue using the results of the two-day lectures and workshops and incorporate them into its master plan for the center. “None of the results are either overlooked or lost in any way,” said Gabriele Ostertag of the Society for Market and Sales Research, who helped design the master plan for the Heilbronn center.