See You in Helsinki

Citizen feedback creates innovative future plans.

In November 2014, the City of Helsinki revealed a newly completed city master plan draft that has smarter growth advocates paying attention. In this post on, author Adele Peters explains Helsinki’s vision of turning population growth into carless streets.

“Over the next few decades, Helsinki expects to add around 250,000 new residents. But the more the population grows, the fewer cars will be on city streets as Helsinki transforms itself into a network of dense, walkable neighborhoods that are virtually car-free.”

The inspiration for the smart growth isn’t new. But Helsinki is putting best practice into action: better public transport, densification, shared cars, transformed motorway corridors and a city made up of many mini-urban centres.

Sound good enough to move there? Well, we can visit, but let’s stay put and contribute to our own city staying one of the most livable cities in the world as we implement our own smarter growth innovations.

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January 23rd, 2015
Updated: September 14th, 2017

By 2050, Helsinki may be the most livable city in the world with more people and fewer cars.