Key residential areas
Latokartano, Pukinmaki, Malmi, Suutarila, Puistola, Jakomaki

Latokartano

Latokartano district in the neighbourhood of Viiki is an experimental farm area for the University of Helsinki’s Viiki campus. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is situated here. Latokartano also includes a nature conservation area on the shores of Vanhankaupunginselkä Bay, a popular nesting ground for birds.

An ecologically conscious neighbourhood, the district was mostly free of construction until new residential buildings started going up here in 1998. This new development will house around 10,000 people, and is to be completed by 2010. Many of the houses will be more environmentally friendly than regular houses, using solar and wind energy.

Pukinmaki

Pukinmäki was a village until it was annexed to Helsinki in 1946. Housing blocks were first built here in the 1960s, but most of its residential buildings date from the 1970s and '80s. Most of the district's populace live north of Kehä I, or Ring Road I.

A few thousand people live in Savela near the Vantaa River. Savela has some old houses dating from the early 1900s, but they are not in particularly good condition. Savela long lacked utilities, and it was located within the Vantaanjoki flood zone. Low-rise apartments went up here in the 1980s and '90s. There are some nice parks here, but some areas in the neighbourhood are in need of renovation.

There are ongoing plans to redevelop the Pukinmäki shopping centre, adding new residential spaces.

Malmi

Malmi is the site of a major railway station to the north of Helsinki city centre. It also has the Malmi-Helsinki airport, which provides services to private and light commercial aircraft but is mostly used for training flights. It is set to be developed into blocks of detached and terraced houses.

Malmi has a high immigrant and refugee population, and many poorer Finns live here as well. The area has a lot of low-income housing. It also has the Malmitalo, a fine cultural centre where plays and exhibitions are often mounted and concerts are held.

Suutarila

Suutarila is made up of the Siltamäki and Töyrynummi neighbourhoods.

Several blocks of flats rose in Siltamäki in the 1960s and '70s. A beautiful area near the Vantaanjoki, Siltamäki has some of Helsinki's finest examples of 1970s suburban buildings. The city plan was designed by the architect Pentti Ahola. The buildings are well-preserved and Siltamäki is considered an architecturally valuable area.

Töyrynummi, also close to the river, was built in the 1980s, when it was developed into various residential blocks of compact houses.
Green spaces in Suutarila include park areas surrounding the Keravanjoki Creek.

Puistola

This moderate-income district is associated with the detached wooden single-family houses built in the post-war period and the Puistola railway station, a major commuting hub, and the row housing and concrete housing blocks in Tapulikaupunki west of the station. There are a few early 20th century villas in the neighbourhoods of Puistola and Heikinlaakso and many older wooden homes as well as the ubiquitous rintamamiestalo, but most residences here are modern terraced houses.

Puistola has one of the largest proportions of families with children in all of Helsinki.

Jakomaki

Jakomäki was constructed in the late 1960s, and at first it only contained council houses and row upon row of unsightly grey apartment blocks. For a time, the neighbourhood was considered a depressing place to live in. Though it is just off one of Helsinki's major thoroughfares, the Lahdenväylä, it was thought to be too remote and unserviced - it was basically "the boondocks", even when privately owned flats were developed in the northern part of the suburb in the 1970s.

Recent developments are being made to change its image.  Jakomäki has been undergoing renovation, particularly the southern part. Its old apartment blocks are being refurbished with new brick facades. There are plans to build new detached and terrace houses. At the moment, however, Jakomäki is still one of the seedier and less attractive parts of Helsinki.


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