While a large City, Warsaw is also our little homeland. It is a city where we all live, work, learn, raise our children and relax. We all want it to be friendly and full of opportunities for growth and self-realisation. And Warsaw is like that: a city that continues to develop keeping in mind its own people.
Warsaw is diverse. Many of its residents came here to pursue their dreams. “We’re locals,” they quickly say as they feel at home. This is where they belong and where they want to stay.
We all build Warsaw, no matter if you grew up here or chose to come here later in your life. And this attitude to Warsaw is both the source and the effect of the changes the city has undergone over the last 12 years. Growth can be observed in virtually all areas of life: from the efficient and continuously improving public transport, to the upgrading and construction of new healthcare facilities, the development of schools, preschools and nurseries. All these changes would not be possible without Warsaw’s residents. At the same time, without these changes, not everyone would find it so easy to relate to, and become involved in Warsaw.
The administration, whose growth is oriented to comfortable living, also needs to develop its infrastructure to make the city friendly and comfortable. This is why we pay so much attention to bicycle transport, construction of Vistula Boulevards, nurturing and development of urban greenery, and expansion of cultural services. We wish to encourage all Warsaw residents to join us in developing their city through participatory budget and involvement in public consultations.
These changes have also been recognised by others – the Capital of Poland has become the Central European leader and has been classified at the top in many rankings. Still, there is a lot of work to be done, including both major large-scale investments and some more grass-roots projects.