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Micha這wice Community: Get to Know Its Beauty
May 31, 2012   
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Micha這wice community comprises 13 charming localities that share the same tradition and that are the focus of a drive by the local authorities and residents to ensure the best possible living conditions and overall development in the area. All the localities are located in an area of great environmental value and scenic beauty, among greenery and clean air, with excellent transport connections to Warsaw and other cities.

The community’s residents have lived here for generations, but there are also more and more new families settling here, appreciating the area’s appeal. Micha這wice community has a population of over 16,000. Many residents are active in community projects, setting up associations and foundations, readily taking part in local events, often helping organize them, from sports to cultural events, creative workshops for children, to festivities and concert series such as Musical May in Micha這wice and Komor闚 Musical Autumn.

The local authorities are doing their best to make the community more than just a bedroom suburb of Warsaw. They are working to inspire residents to build a sense of local community. And they have been rather successful so far.

Quality of life
Most of the localities have changed beyond recognition compared with past years. The community focuses on development and continual improvement of the residents’ living standards. It is among those Polish communities that invest the most in local infrastructure, including social infrastructure. Apart from three elementary and three junior high schools, the community has a senior high school whose alumni are eagerly accepted by leading colleges. Each school has spacious gyms and sports fields; one has a skating rink. For younger children there are two community preschools and 20 private daycare centers and preschools.

Residents can take advantage of two children’s playgrounds, an Orlik sports field, four recreation zones fitted with modern playgrounds, skate parks and multi-purpose fields as well as sites for taking a rest at a manmade lake and in the park.

To Warsaw in less than half an hour
Old and new residents alike appreciate the good transport connections and the proximity of Warsaw. The WKD commuter rail service has long been the envy of many other communities near Warsaw. Depending on the locality, it takes 15 to 30 minutes to get to Warsaw city center. Being close to provincial highways and Warsaw’s southern beltway as well as Ok璚ie international airport are the unquestionable selling points of Micha這wice community.

Local treasure: 100-year-old Komor闚
There are many other advantages to living in Micha這wice community. Some value it for the peace and quiet, the birdsong and clean air, others for the possibility of pursuing an active lifestyle. One of the most attractive localities to live in is Komor闚.

It has a lot of greenery, including some impressive avenues of old trees: two avenues of old lindens and an avenue of chestnuts. The local school complex sits among splendid tall pines that create a special microclimate. The historical Church of Pius X is nearby, boasting a history of over 60 years and located in a birch wood. Today Komor闚 has become almost imperceptibly joined to what used to be neighboring villages but today are trendy villa-dotted localities: Granica, Nowa Wie and P璚ice Ma貫.

Komor闚 belongs to the elite group of garden communities. It celebrates its 100th birthday this year, a fact that will be celebrated with festivities under the auspices of the Micha這wice community administrator, Krzysztof Grabka.

In terms of urban planning, Komor闚 reflects the philosophy of Ebenezer Howard, an Englishman who came up with the idea of designing garden cities that were also satellite cities located near large conurbations. Komor闚 became a trendy vacation resort in the 1920s, with Warsaw residents flocking here for the whole summer. Warsaw intellectuals in particular were drawn to the place. Beautiful villas started being built, and many professors, artists, civil servants, bankers, engineers, factory owners and merchants moved here. World War II and subsequent years interrupted the town’s development. Today we are witnessing a return to prewar values. Many of Komor闚’s villas have been renovated. Residents are keen to uncover the local heritage.

The Open Garden Festival, during which the residents showcase their gardens, has been held for several years now. This year’s festival, on June 17, will feature the Kwadrofonia Kwartet group performing songs by the late Polish singer Danuta Rinn in a program called Prognoza na jutro (Tomorrow’s Forecast).

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