A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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Success Spot

Varna

Bulgaria

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Anonymous
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Pobeda District of Varna has long been home to a large community of people with visual disabilities who work at a nearby factory for electrical equipment that accommodates this disability. Housing in the area was initially designed to accommodate these workers, however as time passed by, the neighborhood had deteriorated. Cars parked in the street were turning the lives of local residents into a nightmare, making them afraid to leave their homes, while the lack of gathering places deprived them of the opportunity to socialize with neighbors.

Local activists from Power Jump backed by BG Be Active have made unique and holistic contributions to the area, adding both logistical improvements for visually impaired people and improvements to the general quality of public space.

Access & Linkages

Although the area is located in the northern part of Varna, far from the city center and is unlikely to become a major destination, it is of huge importance for the neighborhood and connects local people from several residential blocks into one space. Volunteers have renovated guiding rails for people to feel secure while walking to the space.

Comfort & Image

The area is equipped with new benches and a summerhouse for people to meet their neighbors and make new friends. The space is also separate and protected from parking lots and moving vehicles.

Uses & Activities

The place might be small and simple, but it is deeply meaningful to local residents, who do not leave their neighborhood frequently. With the renovations carried out by local volunteers, Success Spot now supports a range of social activities and games, like table tennis and braille chess.

Sociability

As the renovation has been implemented, 81% of the local people have said they are happy with the outcome, while 96% of those who participated have added that they are ready to join other similar initiatives in the future.

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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