The study indicated insufficient development of public spaces, cultural services and practices in the city on the whole, and the focus area in particular. At the same time, «Kronprinz» neighborhood is located within 10-20 min walking distance from several popular public spaces (Upper and Lower lakes, Yunost Park, Tributsa Embankement) and cultural institutions, primarily museums, such the Museum of Amber, Arts and History Museum and King's Gate). Besides, being a part of the historical fortification ring and Schneider's green belt, the park area «Litovsky val» is situated in the immediate vicinity of «Kronprinz» barracks. It can perform a function of a comfortable route connecting «Kronprinz» with other cultural and historical sites of the city center. However, due to impeded access and poor maintenance of the park, it is not popular in the local community. Shops, green areas, service and catering establishments and educational institutions (for people with children) – these are the main «services», consumed by the residents in the area.
As far as representation of cultural institutions in the area is concerned, the «Kronprinz» neighborhood is quite special. On one hand, almost all of them are situated beyond the borders of the area (it's only a children's library that can be found within the district). On the other hand, those cultural institutions which are located beyond the borders of the area, but within the walking distance from it, do not imply regular return visits by the same people. They offer a stable product (e.g. permanent museum exposition), but regular educational services (lectures, workshops etc.) and other services increasing their attractiveness (cafes, coffee places) are missing; they do not stimulate development of urban environment and citizens' activities. In result, respondents of the survey have quite modestly evaluated cultural and leisure offer available in the area, which testifies for the lack of relevant places, institutions and opportunities.
Appraisal of the level of development of cultural and educational services and demand for them in the residential area depends on whether or not respondents have children. Due to the lack of relevant offer in the residential area adjacent to «Kronprinz», to reach educational venues many local children have to either go by public transport or walk for quite some time. Therefore, that's the residents of the area raising children, who are the most interested in the development of education and leisure opportunities in «Kronprinz».
What is the territory of «Kronprinz» barracks and its neighborhood today? Who works and lives here, what are they missing in this area and what can be changed? Here is a fragment from the study on the current condition of «Kronprinz» barracks and adjacent area, undertaken by the social researcher Anna Alimpieva, PhD in Sociology, in the framework of UrbCulturalPlanning project.