Experience around the world demonstrates that targeted investment in urban regeneration projects can be an important catalyst for improving a city’s fortunes. Cities are transforming underused waterfronts, former industrial sites, and transport hubs in a way that creates value and enhances city image and profile. Polish cities present many such opportunities for regeneration.
Carrying out such regeneration requires three elements:
• a clear and completing vision and strategy;
• a robust and diverse financing strategy; and
• the ability to leverage both of these elements to execute a complex urban regeneration project from inception through implementation.
A two-day site visit and workshop, organised by the Urban Land Institute and hosted by the city of Poznan in September 2016, brought together representatives from the public and private sectors in four Polish cities with international experts on each of these three elements of regeneration. The discussion focused on the practical actions that cities can take to develop and promote urban regeneration projects and obtain financing for them.