What is Neighbourhood Project?
In the Neighbourhood Project, the suburban areas of Helsinki are developed in various ways and as districts equal to the inner city – for the best of the residents. Broad and long-term work is undertaken to prevent inequality in the suburban areas.
The departments of Helsinki are working on the Neighbourhood Project, which supports and coordinates the joint work of the
departments and works in close cooperation with the residents and actors of the area.
Attention to the wellbeing of the residents
Habitability to suburban areas
Public environment more resident-friendly
Counselling for renovations of residential building
Better suburban areas by working together
Towards a more compact city
The local entrepreneur as a resource
The Neighbourhood Project supports local participation and interaction as well as hobby activities.
The prevention of social exclusion and the increasing of the wellbeing among children and young persons is based on the models of early intervention, which the Neighbourhood Project utilises in its collaborations with the departments of the City. The work to prevent social exclusion among young people acknowledges their different background and creates easily accessible activities for them.
Operation Pulse offers hobby opportunities for young persons in Kannelmäki and Malmi. Sports opportunities for young persons are available in Haaga, Kannelmäki, Malminkartano and Pitäjänmäki. The goal is to collect hobby opportunities that the young persons can work with on their own terms, and to make these opportunities easily accessible.
A good living environment, diverse local services and a working public transport system are success factors of a neighbourhood in Helsinki. The Neighbourhood Project works to improve the reputation of suburban areas in Helsinki by furthering housing and commercial construction, emphasising the areal identity and the strengths of the neighbourhoods and supporting the prerequisites for services.
In the current period and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, the Neighbourhood Project focuses especially on Jakomäki, Kannelmäki, Malmi, Malminkartano, Meri-Rastila and Pohjois-Haaga. In addition to the areaspecific activities, the flexibility in the development of the
entire suburban area is preserved.
The Neighbourhood Project focuses on the planning of the most important public outdoor spaces, routes and station surroundings. The aim is to work together with the residents to find safe and pleasing solutions. A part of this can also be environment and community art, for example the pedestrian subway Jakomäki Broda. The Neighbourhood Project brings up the possibilities to use the City’s Neighbourhood
Fund in the preparation and realisation of projects.
Neighbourhood architects provide renovations counselling for housing cooperatives and create renovation guidelines. In 2016, renovation guidelines will be drafted for Kannelmäki, which is rated in the Master Plan 2002 as a significant area in terms of its cultural-history, architecture and landscape culture. Free-of-charge renovation guidelines are distributed at resident events. Guidelines have already been completed for Keski-Vuosaari, the western rim of Konala, Malminkartano, Pajamäki, Pihlajamäki, Pohjois-Haaga and Siltamäki.
The Neighbourhood Project helps the residents to take care of their residential area. In the Neighbourhood Garden Project, gardens and squares are revitalised in Jakomäki, Kontula, Maunula, Meri-Rastila and Roihuvuori. By working together, community houses, libraries,
schools, youth clubs, day-care centres and service centres for the elderly are made available more widely for the residents. Events, the Suburb Fair and neighbourhood radio programmes are a part of the interaction between the residents and the city.
The Neighbourhood Project participates in the supplementary detailed planning of suburban areas with the City Planning Department. The goal is that the integration of the detailed planning, the operations of the Neighbourhood Project and the cooperation between the departments is improved.
The Neighbourhood Project promotes suburban local entrepreneurship in the business areas of Meri-Rastila, Myllypuro and Herttoniemi. The experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs are surveyed in Meri-Rastila. Interaction and contacts with the residents and entrepreneurs are an important part of the vitality of the neighbourhoods.