“Air upwards?” From June 7 and the SZ series “Higher, faster, wider – as the city grows”:
Does Munich really have to be “higher, faster, wider” like that SZ The titles of her new series on urban development? Munich has been bursting at the seams for years. This excessive growth has only drawbacks for many citizens: the best example of this is the rise in rents. But it is also known that the transportation infrastructure and the supply of day care centers and schools are underdeveloped, and the quality of living does not improve with increasing density.
All this has been known for a long time. Oddly enough, however, the growth of the city is rarely called into question in politics and the media, and is always accepted as something given and immutable. However, Munich’s excessive growth is not predetermined by fate, but is politically and economically made: the main reason for this is the expanded economic development that the city has sought for so long, with the constant influx of new commercial settlements and expansions. The latest results have been investments by Google, Amazon and Apple, which the economist is said to be very proud of.
It’s not a forward-looking strategy, and “higher, faster, wider” is very much a day-to-day trend. Because as long as the city continues like this, it can bury its goals in the areas of environmental transformation, traffic transformation, and affordable housing right from the start. Munich’s transformation into a nationwide investment magnet and the resulting influx will undermine many other urban policy projects in the areas of sustainability and social affairs. Instead of fueling this boom further and thus deepening the regional political imbalance between Germany’s booming and declining lagging regions, the city of Munich should instead ask itself how it can slow growth, long unhealthy, as quickly and effectively as possible.
Dr. Roland Pauli, Munich
Increases in the housing market
Sebastian Krass wrote that “growth pressure” and “gold rush mood” ignited high-profile discussions. He correctly diagnoses that the study of high-rise buildings conducted by the city administration continues to feed the imagination of investors. But what are the city’s goals? It seems to me that not only the prosperity of the local economy, but also the emigration of companies is always welcome. Related parties are either essentially business friendly (FDP and CSU), or they welcome high growth as a means to an end (SPD), because one can never get enough jobs and trade taxes, or they stop warning about growth limits (green) , because that doesn’t go down well.
It is clear that the distressing excesses in the housing market are causally related to the persistently strong increase in (often paid) jobs. Naturally, the influx of workers will also cause some other problems (such as traffic) that our “Village of Millions” has to contend with.
Rather than dealing with the side effects of rapid economic development with moderate success, city politicians should consider whether there is no ideal situation for job growth that one cannot navigate with impunity. Certainly: surrounding communities or cities in other parts of the country would be happy with this act of restraint. But can’t Munich give them that joy?
In principle, I am in favor of easing the high morale of investors a bit. But if it only leads to their expansion with the same force, then not much will be gained.
Axel Lehmann, Munich
Please no skyscrapers
Please do not have tall buildings, especially skyscrapers, because they want to attract more people to the beautiful city of Munich. Bad air, even more traffic problems and of course a programmed mess. It’s basically the teams of architects that speculate. After all, we have a perfect S-Bahn and U-Bahn system for settling down in the beautiful surrounding area.
Veronica Bartel, Seefeld Heischendorf
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