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Entertainment Germany: new pavilions banned to fight against urban sprawl

18:38  23 february  2021
18:38  23 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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D Individual houses with gardens, aligned, separated by cedar hedges, in quiet streets with flower names. Alsterdorf, a district of Hamburg, looks like many other German and, more broadly, European districts. The mayor, Michael Werner-Boelz, has nevertheless decided to put an end to this type of construction, which he considers outdated, says Reporterre . “Of course, it's still possible to live in a house here, renting or buying one that already exists. But not a new house, ”explains the elected ecologist. New pavilions were therefore banned in the area.

From now on, only multi-family building projects will be accepted on the nine still constructible land in this district. According to Michael Werner-Boelz, this is a necessity here, because single-family homes represent ecological and social nonsense. However, residents do not all share this opinion: “It is interference in the privacy of people. They don't have to tell us how to live! One of them pleaded.

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The metropolis of Hamburg sees 10,000 new people arriving each year. These massive arrivals put pressure on real estate prices, to such an extent that prices per square meter have soared in recent years. To buy a house in the suburbs, you now have to spend at least one million euros in Alsterdorf. Same problem for rentals: prices have increased by 42% over the past ten years.

"The idea is to optimize the space that we have to build more affordable housing, while preserving the quality of life of the inhabitants", continues the mayor of this district on a daily basis for the environment. With these new constructions, each inhabitant will thus occupy 22.1 times less space than one of his neighbors living in pavilions. “By accommodating more people in the same place, the costs of connecting buildings are also cheaper, just like land. This is what allows us to offer affordable housing, ”continues the elected official.

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Single-family homes are a true symbol of freedom, security and prosperity in Germany. Its construction had also been strongly encouraged by the public authorities after the war. However, several peri-urban municipalities have chosen, like Alsterdorf, to limit them and to favor collective constructions, without advertising them.

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