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January 25, 2022, 13:06

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In the Active Citizen project, the results of the voting on the concept of improvement of Leninsky Prospekt were summed up. The reconstruction will affect not only the pedestrian zones along the highway, but also the squares adjacent to it. The renovation project was appreciated by 171,878 citizens.

During the voting, Muscovites answered eight questions about the improvement of various territories. For each of them, one could choose one of four answer options: to support or not the proposed plan, to supplement the concept with their own ideas and comments, or to entrust the decision to specialists.

The first question was about pedestrian zones. During the improvement, specialists intend to separate the noisy road from the sidewalk. To this end, it is planned to plant trees, shrubs and perennial flowers along the avenue. After landscaping, it will be more comfortable not only for passers-by, but also for residents of nearby houses. The concept was approved by 79 percent of the voters.

Also, the townspeople were asked for their opinion on the renewal of the square near the city clinical hospital No. 1 named after N.I. Pirogov. Now there are public transport stops. The territory is planned to be made more comfortable and planted. 76 percent of those who voted supported the idea.

Another area awaiting reconstruction is the square on Akademika Petrovsky Street. Here they propose to replace the coating, put benches, make cozy seating areas, and also equip a modern lighting system. In addition, an installation of thin metal columns will appear in the square, which can become a recognizable symbol of the place. 75 percent of users agreed with the proposed concept.

A small street that goes from Leninsky Prospekt to Neskuchny Garden through the historic gates is going to be turned into a pedestrian alley. To this end, it is planned to make a special tile paving pattern, organize a safe pedestrian infrastructure and plant trees on both sides of the path. 74 percent of voters supported the proposals.

They also plan to plant trees along Ordzhonikidze Street and around residential buildings 37 and 37a along Leninsky Prospekt in order to separate the roadway from the sidewalks. In addition, they plan to install benches for rest near the clinic and the library. 73 percent of active citizens agreed with such a plan.

Akademika Zelinsky Street will also acquire a new look. Comfortable spaces for recreation, a chess playing area, a children’s swing, a mini-amphitheater will be installed here, as well as trees and shrubs will be planted and the lighting system will be updated. 75 percent of voters positively assessed the proposals.

74 percent of users approved the improvement of the Academician Tamm Square. It is planned to install a metal table with chairs and benches there. The installation will become a symbol of good neighborliness, where Muscovites will be able to relax and work during the warm season. The lighting system will also be unusual, it will be made in the form of hanging balls.

The last voting question concerned the square near the Moskva department store. It is planned to expand it, extending it to the main alignment of Leninsky Prospekt. This solution will increase the number of parking spaces, as well as make the territory more convenient for visitors to the department store and residents of the area. 77 percent of voters agreed with the concept.

Project “Active Citizen” appeared in 2014. Over 5.5 million people have joined in seven years. Participants decide which streets, courtyards and parks need to be improved, how city clinics, libraries, multifunctional centers should work, and also choose events for festivals and holidays. Since the start of the project, Muscovites have taken part in more than five thousand votes. Decisions supported by a majority of votes are implemented. The Active Citizen project is being developed by the capital Department of Information Technologyand GKU “New Management Technologies”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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