City Development Department of Riga City Council describes the concept of neighbourhood as a residential environment of suitable size with its own service, identity and character, arising from the construction type, physical borders, landscape and togetherness of residents.

One of the main reasons for the idea of neighbourhoods is efforts to improve the planning of city development and life quality of citizens. Currently data on each neighbourhood of the city – Bolderaja, Bierini, Mezaparks, Purvciems etc. are collected in total for 58 neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods are not planned as administrative units, but the collected information on neighbourhoods will serve as a precondition for development of investment policy appropriate for interests of balanced development of territory of Riga City.
Each year a City Development Department of Riga City Council performs the survey of citizens to determine the citizen satisfaction with different services provided by the city in neighbourhood level.
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