Helsinki must explore all available options to respond to rising demand for housing, services and infrastructure, says Mayor Jan Vapaavuori (NCP).
“We will try, start with the easiest, experiment and see if we can succeed. There won’t be any major damage if we proceed gradually, phase by phase, and change our course along the way if necessary,” he writes in a blog published on Saturday.
The City of Helsinki, he reveals, is set to start the so-called boulevardisations with the route that has stirred up the least amount of opposition, Vihdintie.
“How we succeed with Vihdintie will naturally influence how we move forward. We should duplicate successful solutions and learn from possible failures. People in Helsinki and elsewhere will also develop a better understanding of whatthis is about. It will be a decades-long process in each case,” says Vapaavuori.
The Helsinki City Council in 2016 approved a new zoning plan that would convert a total of seven entry routes to the capital into so-called city boulevards. The Helsinki Administrative Court, however, ruled against four of the seven conversions earlier this year , citing concerns about the flow of traffic in and out of Helsinki.