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Cities in Action - Stories of Change
Knowledge Hub Documents
URBACT shares positive stories from 40 cities that took a more integrated approach to local policy-making while learning from EU peers in their first round of URBACT III Action Planning Network.
Local Pact - Country synthesis France
Local Pact - Country synthesis Spain
Thessaloniki (EL) - Local drive for a cycle-friendly city
Facing severe pollution from over-reliance on cars, Thessaloniki committed to promoting cycling proactively, and, through the URBACT RESILIENT EUROPE network, drew up its first-ever strategy framework to increase cycling in the city.
Strasbourg (FR) - From civil servants to institutional entrepreneurs
The municipality of Strasbourg has been working for years to establish itself as a broker for social innovation. As part of the URBACT BoostInno Network, the city discovered tools that helped them build a unified platform to support start-ups across the private and public sectors.
Roquetas de Mar (ES) - An integration plan for migrants, by migrants
Building on its participation in the URBACT ARRIVAL CITIES network, Roquetas de Mar secured EUR 10 million of European funding to implement its urban development strategy for the successful integration of migrants. This was achieved by a process that effectively engaged local migrant populations...
Nantes (FR) - Sleeping beauty wakes up
Nantes has harnessed temporary use to revitalise urban space and test out future development. With the help of URBACT, citizens are now creatively involved in shaping that future.
Cartagena (ES) - Cities in Action-Stories of Change (December 2018)
Cartagena has been a major naval port on Spain’s south-eastern coast for hundreds of years. After declining port activity sparked social and economic depression in the 1980s and ’90s, Cartagena bounced back with a new local industry: cultural tourism. The city adopted an ambitious plan to enhance...
Caen (FR) - Re-activating old buildings for local people's benefits
Over the decades, Caen’s 600-hectare industrial and port wasteland, known as the Peninsula, has become overgrown and its buildings dilapidated. Through the URBACT 2nd Chance network, the city mobilised local stakeholders and citizens and identified new uses and services in abandoned buildings that...
Bilbao (ES) - Cities in Action-Stories of Change (December 2018)
Since Bilbao’s deindustrialisation and the building of the Guggenheim in the 1990s, this northern Spanish city has been a world leader in urban regeneration. By joining the URBACT In Focus network, Bilbao’s dynamic civic leaders brought together a group of local stakeholders to energise the most...