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Why Münster?

Structuring the historical heritage

Urban renewal: 1980s


The residential environment of the late 19th century quarter along the Schillerstrasse has been systematically improved. The traffic has been calmed, new trees planted and the Bremer Platz completely redesigned.
(Source: Office for Green Spaces and Environmental Protection, Münster City Council)

Creating new qualities continued to be the declared objective of urban development and urban renewal in these years. The evolved network of building structures and open spaces was also been retained and further developed within the city districts. In this area the city has renewed the large residential areas – commencing in the 1980s - surrounding the Altstadt stemming from the years of rapid industrial expansion in Germany and improved their urban development qualities. The "improvement of the living environment" was the focal point of the actions taken in addition to the preservation and modernisation of the fabric of the buildings and the preservation of historical monuments.

The construction of playgrounds and city district parks, the landscaping of street areas with more than 1,000 trees and also traffic calming measures such as the establishment of extensive 30 KPH speed limit zones should be mentioned as examples. The commitment of the private real estate owners also contributed towards this success. Thus backyards were planted with trees and grass, areas were unsealed and re-landscaped. In this process the city council provided reliable support in the form of information and consultation and also in the form of considerable public funding.


© Stadt Münster, 2006