Collaboration for the city’s neighbourhoods and their inhabitants
The harmonious co-existence in Zurich’s neighbourhoods is one of the city’s distinguishing characteristics, largely due to the initiative and voluntary commitment of numerous people and many civil society organisations in the quarters and neighbourhoods. The city administration welcomes and supports this commitment and seeks to involve the neighbourhoods in projects that affect them. For the city and its inhabitants, it’s important to have a well-functioning and collaborative interface between the city and its neighbourhoods.
Planning for the city’s increasing diversity
The City of Zurich is in a state of flux and its quarters are growing. New neighbourhoods have emerged, various areas are becoming denser and the population is getting increasingly diverse. This diversity is a hallmark of the city. In recent years, beside the neighbourhood associations (Quartiervereine) additional local organisations have been set up. This is why the city administration wants to analyse its interface with the city quarters and, if necessary, optimise it. The main focus of this project is thus to ask the question: How could and should a modern system for the inclusion of local concerns and the promotion of lively neighborhoods look, and how can that system best reflect the diversity of the city and its inhabitants?
Open inclusion of all interested parties
In a fully transparent participatory process with the neighbourhood associations and other local organisations, the City of Zurich is seeking to understand if and how to improve its collaborative interface with the neighbourhoods. This will involve assessing the current situation, identifying improvement opportunities and developing the consequent measures. In the process, electronic participation will be a tool. Information about the project is provided actively and regularly – for example on this website.
Current situation and policy recommendations
The analysis of the current situation, as well as the discussion and development of possible measures will be carried out in a participatory and collective process. The outcome is open-ended. It should reflect the growing and changing City of Zurich and the diversity of its population. Based on the results of the participation process, the City Council and City Parliament will decide which possible changes will be implemented at the interface between the City Administration and its quarters. In principle, the process neither involves an increase of the available city funds nor a reduction, but it may change the way funds are distributed.