I have lived in Ferney since 2002 with my three children. I unfortunately could not attend the workshop “Imagine Ferney until 2032” and I’d like to send you my thoughts on the matter. Here is my vision for the future …
- The city has become an “eco-town” par excellence. It is really well laid out for pedestrians and bicycles. It adopted a restrictive policy regarding cars (less parking, etc.) to discourage the installation of people who would treat as a dormitory town. Public transport is preferred, as well as trips by bicycle and on foot. There is good signage to protect pedestrians and bicycle travelers.
- The city center has become a traffic-free zone. Vehicles are now obliged to make a detour to travel between Gex (and others) and Geneva.
- All the classic real estate programs (and especially the construction of individual houses) were stopped. Projects are allowed only if truly “green” and high density, which take up little space horizontally (see what is done in Northern Europe). and preserve the maximum space for public projects like parks, gardens, etc..
- Each new construction in the town centre now must be in harmony with the style of the historic center (of which there was not much, but by reducing the number of ugly buildings, parking lots, plazas Soviet concrete, etc.., we managed to highlight what was left).
- The elementary school classrooms are now smaller, so with better conditions for students and teachers, as students whose parents do not pay taxes in Ferney are no longer allowed.
- Recycling is practiced everywhere and by everyone. It is possible to deposit garden waste to make compost. In addition, everyone who wants to has the opportunity to cultivate a small vegetable garden …
- The Abbé Boisson Park has been re-worked with solid and secure playgrounds of the type used in Paris, New York, etc.. Hazardous installations (including the “banana” and the air bridge which is very dangerous for young children) have been removed and there are several swings. (See eg. http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/playgrounds/ or http://parcsetjardins.equipement.paris.fr/)
- The buildings of the Aumard Centre and the shops opposite (Keep Cool, French Games, Pascale Institute, etc..) were replaced by modern commercial spaces that are prettier, take up less space (more compact, less wasted space with unnecessary and dangerous concrete stairs, etc..) and attract people to really want to go window shopping and maybe even buy something …
- There are more craft businesses and fewer real estate agents and even one or two small agricultural enterprises, and we can be sure there will always be a few cows in Ferney!