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Dec

In Poland, as well as in the Czech Republic, the function and management of public spaces is an important element of local politics. In both counties the problems associated with the management of land owned by the city have their routes in their communist past: if a space is owned by the collective, then it belongs to no one – nobody is responsible to the creative use of undeveloped land. However, a quarter century after immense political change in Eastern Europe, the way people think about and approach this issue is also shifting. Local residents are becoming more engaged - they wish to have input in the design and development of their areas as well as to play a role in the decision making processes in planning new investments.