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The vitality of the center of Riihimäki has decreased - the downtown revitalization project Rieha meets the challenge

24.5.2024 Releases Culture and leisure Working and business Station area Vigor Center Happening Events

Granit aukion is full of people, singer Erin is on stage.
Photo: Teo Cederqvist.

The vitality of the center of Riihimäki and the station area has been measured again using the vitality calculation method used by the Living Urban Centers Association (EKK). The vitality of the center of Riihimäki and the station area has been monitored since 2018.

The total number of business premises has decreased by four from 2022 to 2024. There are six more empty or vacant business premises than in 2022.

"The vitality of the center of Riihimäki has dropped to the lowest level in the five-year review period. This is due to the reduction of shops serving Saturdays in the center by fourteen in the period between 2020 and 2024," says the city's acting mayor. vitality director Niina Matkala.

Rieha's goal is to strengthen the attraction of the city center

The attraction of the center is decisive for the vitality of Riihimäki as a whole.

"We have started the city center revitalization project Rieha, the goal of which is to increase the attractiveness of the city center and the number of visitors through, among other things, events and marketing campaigns," says Samuel Koivisto, CEO of Riihimäki Tilat ja Kehitys Oy.

Rieha's opening event will be held on the terrace of Juomahuone Laitisen on Friday, May 31, from 18.30:28 p.m. (Hämeenkatu XNUMX).

Previous tried-and-tested methods for enlivening the city center will also be continued. Granit's summer concerts start again on Wednesday, May 29, this time with a children's concert at 17.30:19.00 p.m. Tauski will perform right after at XNUMX:XNUMX.

Riihimäki has developed closely around the center

According to Elävät Kaupunkiskestat ry, a compact city center improves the accessibility of services and curbs climate change. Compared to the report, Riihimäki is a very compact city in the series of small cities in Finland.

"The center's services are easily accessible, a short cycling and walking distance away. The background is the city's desire for a dense urban structure and determined work to preserve it," says the city's acting mayor. vitality leader Matkala.

Bar graph of population density in the center of small towns. In 2020-2022, the population density in the center of Riihimäki is the highest among the eleven small towns in Finland.
The population density in the center of Riihimäki is the highest among the eleven small towns in Finland during the entire review period 2020-2022.

Elävät Kaupunkiskestat ry's vitality calculation results - Riihimäki center and station area 2024 (pdf)

Center development project Rieha

Rieha's launch event on Friday, May 31

Granit's summer concerts and children's concerts

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