Arad, the utopia of 2035 – Aradun

I plow. Tales and sprites. This is what the Arad Community Development Association’s Development Strategy for Public Transport looks like, which in some places quotes the Arad Municipality’s Integrated Urban Development Strategy for the period 2021-2035. It would seem that, on the principle “for the sake of money and bear”, those who drew up the strategies presented above and raised money for it, wrote in those documents everything that the heads of the authorities who paid them wanted to hear. But more than that. As for Arad in 2035, in those strategies we are presented with unimaginable scenarios, beautiful but unattainable stories.

What does Arad look like in 2035 according to these strategies?

“An important regional city that impresses with its rehabilitated historical center, as well as with the Arad Fort which has been transformed into a major cultural, tourism and leisure center, and a strong community that has great influence in the region through its dynamism and economic diversification, an innovative city, an example of effective urban management,” we were told .

Moreover, unlike in the past 20 years, where the local administration cut down thousands of trees to make way for the asphalt, in those strategies we are told that in 2035, Arad will be the “green capital of Romania. The city is characterized by a large network of green spaces, covering the entire The municipality’s inner city space. The green space network is supported by a dominant natural (meadow) axis and secondary green axes serving residential neighborhoods with amenities of daily importance, while also linking them to the historic center.”

Moreover, the stories with the orcs continue and even grow:

“A series of renovated or newly constructed buildings complement the green space network through green facades and roofs, bringing nature closer to the citizens and users of Arad. The blue-green infrastructure is a priority for the residents of Aradah, while at the same time playing an important role in mitigating the impacts negative climate change.

Arad is not a completely polluted city, but air metering stations, especially at busy intersections and during peak hours, often report exceeding normal pollution values. However, the strategies tell us that in 2035, the municipality will be “a city that tends towards neutrality from the point of view of CO2 emissions, and at the same time depends on the integration of the concept of circular economy. Arad is fed priority from renewable energy sources, relying among other things on A medium-power photovoltaic park built on the surface of former slag and ash deposits, but also on the exploitation of biomass and geothermal energy, especially in industrial processes and supply public institutions and residential buildings. “

Cheap heating?

Moreover, although, year after year, we have to pay an increasingly expensive giga-calorie, as one of the national price “champions” wants, the strategies tell us it will be better in the future. better. So good, we’re about to get ready… Free:

“All neighborhoods of Arad are serviced by modern water supply and sanitation infrastructure, and densely populated areas benefit from a redesigned thermal energy supply system. Thus, facilities are provided at affordable prices and with low impact on the environment. The modern waste management system ensures a high degree of recycling and recovery , while reducing the amount of municipal waste stored.Arad companies, especially those located in industrial areas, are constantly investing in improving the way raw materials are used, focusing on reducing the waste generated and recycling/recovering.Sustainable development is key in educating the residents of Arad, and caring for the environment is an aspect included Already in the daily behavior of citizens.”

We beat them all

The stories continue with fairies and pretty girls, and strategists proclaim that we will outperform the neighbors in all respects. Perhaps we will end up moving the country’s capital to Arad, if we follow the idealistic expectations of those who wrote these documents. In 2035, Arad will be an “economic engine for regional and supra-regional interests, with a solid economic base supported by the main economic players in the industrial field, but also by small and medium-sized businesses and an active entrepreneurial environment. Arad benefits from its position as a gateway to the state through events At the same time, the high quality of life makes the city attractive to youth and young families, ensuring a specialized workforce that economic operators need.”

Cultural center

Although statistics show us that we are not great culture buffs, strategies put in place to tickle our pride directly give us cultural status as international. In 2035, Arad will be “a historic cultural center with an attractive system of public spaces, irrigated by generous pedestrian traffic and served by two corridors for sustainable urban mobility, Revoluiei Boulevard (cultural corridor) and Mureșului Cliff (green lane). Built heritage is undergoing restoration, but The already attractive image of the central district is also reinforced by a series of sometimes passable streets with terraces, shops and other functions of interest to the residents of Arada and tourists.Arad will be a vibrant city, emerging regionally, but also nationally or internationally as a famous cultural pole, in which the support of Local cultural actors and the partnerships between them to develop and promote a complex cultural offering, characterized by an increasing number of cultural facilities distributed in a balanced manner throughout the city, as well as a variety of activities available to residents with diverse interests.”

We will be the capital

And what I predicted above, that the strategies that put these documents, are able to turn us into the capital of the country, is true. Really, just from a sporting point of view at the moment. That is, even if the reality of recent years suggests otherwise, performance sports have become an “increasingly rare flower” in our city. The strategies proclaim the fact that in 2035, Arad will be “a city with a healthy and sporting community, For Romanian sport, supported by a wide range of sports facilities available to the general public, along with a diverse competitive agenda for amateurs and professionals. Both a healthy lifestyle and sporting performance are encouraged by the increased quality of basic infrastructure, but also by major citywide facilities, such as the UTA stadium, multi-purpose hall, recreation base, Neptune Beach and one or more recently opened Mărului Recreational Bases and Câmpul Linisti, next to the base Payback at Motorul Stadium”.

instead of ending

It is clear that the vast majority of the utopian expectations presented above will unfortunately not be fulfilled in our city. Because, although it seems very far away, we’ll be hitting 2035 in exactly 13 years. For the development of the city, 13 years is a relatively short period. And if the foundations for the development of Arad have not yet been laid in the directions mentioned in the above strategies, it is hard to believe that in 13 years, Arad will even come close to what the great strategists have sold. Immortal stories for a lot of money.

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