Reclaim the streets – Munich style


Lately, I have been intrigued by the way our city is changing. It seems that despite more and more regulation – both administrative and aesthetic – Munich citizens want to reclaim their ground. Give testimony that they are there, although they can hardly afford the rent or look awkwardly different compared to the suit and tie daddies shoving their crying kids into the tri-lingual kindergarten.

These awkwardly different make a difference though:

On the one hand there is the dreaded graffiti youth tagging their way through the Glockenbachviertel. Their craft is brut not to say ugly because they lack message apart from their ‘Anarchy-symbol’ tags. Must be hard for a punk to live in Munich.

Yet there are other creative actions that are more productive as well. More and more tenants – and not only owners – prettify the streets with buckets and flowerpots full of small trees and twines. This is really something for a conservative soul like mine. (For all of you trend-afficionados: yes, Munich is a bit slow on catching up on urban gardening).

And last thing I really appreciated was the pop-up zebra-crossing in front of the tri-lingual kindergarten. How easy and beautiful can it be to slow down cars! As can be seen on the picture it helps even the potential spare-time punk to cross the street and get to his boozing occasion safely. Inclusion. The Munich way so to say.

So long.



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