• Contrast provokes stereotype

    Half of Katowice’s surface area is covered by green vegetation such as woods, parks, lawns, river valleys and former industrial wasteland undergoing rehabilitation. Not all residents, however, enjoy unrestricted pedestrian access to these areas due to their specific location, resulting from the history of local spatial development. The largest green complexes found themselves within Katowice’s city limits due to the incorporation of subsequent districts and rehabilitation of degraded land. The city centre, on the other hand, was provided with small lawns and green squares to complement the dense building systems. This situation affects the perception of contemporary Katowice city, so statistical and urban studies remain the only method to address the stereotypes of the "Black Silesia" and the "City of Gardens".