6. POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS OF THE SITUATION:
To start improving, the circumstances in space, the independent state of Slovenia needs an effective housing policy which will provide holistic regulation. A strategy of a comprehensive renovation of residential neighbourhoods, which will take into account all the specificities and will provide guidelines for sustainable development of neighbourhoods and their renovation, must be prepared. The unprofessional partition and privatisation of public spaces must be outlawed.
Management of residential neighbourhoods should be arranged in such a way as to preserve the coherent appearance of the whole district and to manage all structures and regularly maintain public spaces. The current arrangement, which allows for each building or even a part of the building (where there are several entrances to one building) to be managed by a different building manager, does not provide this. A logical solution would be unified management for the entire neighbourhood, or the establishment of an association for the management of an individual neighbourhood (such as the United States Housing Owners’ Association).
On the municipal level, every municipal spatial plan should include areas with detailed plans for renovations, individually for each neighbourhood (a single model cannot be applied to every situation) and including a long-term strategy for re-establishing a visual uniformity and authenticity of both individual buildings and the neighbourhood as a whole.
Neighbourhoods also need a content update with a low-noise public programme and common spaces for residents used for informal socialising, local clubs, etc. Since contemporary lifestyles allow working from home, it would make sense to establish co-working spaces, study rooms, spaces for intergenerational co-operation, exchange of knowledge and experience, etc. In line with the contemporary trend of fostering sustainable mobility which includes cycling, secure bicycle storage must be provided.