Polish city as perceived by a US grown urban planner

Ewa Grabowski

This article describes the differences in perception of urban space, functional relations and needs of the
inhabitants, observed in Polish cities and compared to American cities, focusing on the current approach to new development in Kraków and Phoenix in Arizona. The article particularly articulates such problems as transit and parking in view of the city’s functionality as well as their ecological and esthetic impact.
Słowa kluczowe: city, Polish city, urban planning challenges, city zoning enforcement, aero-ecology, transportation, parking challenges in old city centers, public space