The aim is to define the main guidelines for a new city model that is more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. All this from a strategic perspective to be developed through a plan of specific actions of small and medium scale that can be developed over the next 12 years. The plan focuses its efforts on the peripheral neighborhoods, where the highest vulnerability indexes have been detected.
This initiative, (designed from a comprehensive approach), jointly addresses the improvement of construction, free spaces, mobility, support for social activities and a cultural revitalization in the suburbs of Madrid. This is a strategy for the districts, and it is being developed in a participatory manner by seeking the widest possible consensus among all the stakeholders: neighbors, merchants, businesspersons, technicians, politicians... etc.
The Madrid Recupera Urban Regeneration Strategy was presented in each and every one of the districts concerned through the Urban Planning Tables of the Local Forums. This way it also allowed incorporating specific proposals formulated by the neighbors. Finally, the Governing Board has definitively approved it on December 5, 2018, after completing a public hearing process.
The strategy proposes a set of 375 actions, and has already begun to develop various trial projects. It does it through its different programs, such as: the Mad-Re Plan that aids the improvement of buildings, the Plazer competition for urbanization and improvement of 11 plazas from the peripheral districts, the advance in the creation of green corridors (such as the Itinerario Miradores in Puente de Vallecas or the Itinerario from Madrid Río to Pradolongo), several special plans for neighborhoods already under construction, the Reinventing Cities contest in four opportunity areas defined by the Strategy, or the progress of the Micos Project trying to improve the courtyards of public schools in these neighborhoods.
The purpose is to provide the city with an urban model in which the successive actions that are being implemented can be linked; always with these objectives:
-Contribute to the territorial rebalancing of the city.
-Reduce the urban vulnerability of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
-Strengthen the peripheral centralities, local commerce and the mix of uses.
-To reinforce the connection between neighborhoods isolated from each other by large infrastructures.
-Improve the houses’ comfort conditions, accessibility and energy efficiency.
-Recover the degraded public space and make it the center of life in the neighborhoods.
-Improve the mobility conditions for residents and other citizens.
-Power infrastructure/buildings as nests of social articulation and identity elements.
-To favor the economic recovery of the peripheral districts so that the whole city can progress together.
The Plan has been definitively approved in December 2018, after an administrative procedure that even included a public hearing process. However, many of the actions defined in this Strategy have already been launched and it is foreseeable that some of them will be completed by 2019.
There are various types of projected actions:
-Assistance to rehabilitation and improvement of conditions in buildings.
-Actuations of remodeling of public space.
-Specific mobility measures.
-Plans to organize areas of opportunity.
-Regeneration plans for neighborhoods.
Priority will be given in order to execute the actions that will develop this Strategy: first and foremost, to the regular budget of the Sustainable Urban Development Area. In a complementary manner, they will raise fundings for the projects of the specific actions of each district through Participatory Budgeting, Rebalancing Funds, Community or State aid and even from European funds.