Wroclaw took second place in the ranking of the Polish Cities of the Future 2050 among agglomerations that have the fastest chance to obtain the status of such a city. The first place went to Warsaw, the third to Katowice, and the fourth ex-aequo was taken by Poznań and Gdańsk.
According to the authors of the first ranking of the Polish Cities of the Future 2050, the high position of Wroclaw indicates its sustainable development. Attention was also paid to the pro-ecological, certified housing and office investments implemented here.
- I am glad that in this ranking we stood on the podium, it shows that the development of Wroclaw was appreciated, as well as the implemented investments limiting the negative impact on the environment. I believe that Wroclaw will continue to develop in this direction, responding to the needs of the changing reality - says Jacek Sutryk, mayor of Wroclaw.
Cities adapted to the changing reality
According to the authors of the ranking, societies around the world are facing enormous challenges, such as climate change, CO₂ emissions that require rapid reduction, the protection of natural resources and rapidly progressing urbanization. The cities of the future, on the other hand, are those that have a chance to become modern agglomerations best adapted to the changing reality in the next 30 years. It is about both climate change, the evolution of lifestyle and the use of innovation.
- We wanted to diagnose the readiness of our agglomerations to meet the challenges of the future. And they can only be dealt with by cooperating and being aware of the problem authorities, social organizations and representatives of companies that will take part in the transformation of cities - admits Henryk Kwapisz, director of institutional relations at the Saint-Gobain Group.
Green buildings and transport
In the Polish Cities of the Future 2050 ranking, four areas of the city's functioning were assessed:
- Office buildings - the amount of office space in certified buildings per capita
- Residential buildings - the size of the surface area of apartments in certified buildings per capita
- After hours - commercial and hotel space in certified buildings per capita
- Transport and infrastructure - the share of zero-emission vehicles in the total rolling stock, the length of bicycle lanes and statistics of public transport
In the category of offices and residential buildings, as well as transport and infrastructure, Wroclaw came second.
- It is very encouraging that Wroclaw is still perceived and appreciated as a modern city. The city that it implements works with the future in mind and the reality that awaits agglomerations in several dozen years from now - says Magdalena Okulowska, president of the Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency.
Another distinction for Wroclaw
This is another distinction for the capital of Lower Silesia in the last six months. In October this year, Wroclaw took first place ex aequo with Warsaw in the ranking of the investment potential of Polish cities, i.e. in the third edition of the "Business Environment Assessment Study". This is a report presenting the opinion of decision-makers of Polish companies about Wroclaw.
The capital of Lower Silesia was assessed as a leading economic, technological and cultural center and one of the most dynamically developing metropolises in the country.