City Organizer: Andreas Lindinger
Walk Leaders: Martin Riesing, Andreas Lindinger
Text by: Andreas Lindinger
Photographs by: Andreas Lindinger
Vienna’s Nordbahnhof was once the main railway station of the Austrian Empire. What was an important freight railway station in the heart of Vienna is now one of the main inner city urban development areas of the Austrian capital and soon will be home to 25,000 residents once it is fully developed in 2025. With the next phase of the quarter’s development having recently begun, Martin Riesing and Andreas Lindinger from local citizen initiative Lebenswerter Nordbahnhof (Liveable Nordbanhof) led a Jane’s Walk to give their insights about the plans and to discuss specific issues with local residents and other interested walk participants.
Of particular interest were plans for a so-called “Freie Mitte” (Free Center), a large green area that will remain in a near natural state and become an urban wilderness in the center of the neighbourhood. This area will be a landmark for the whole neighbourhood and shape its identity. It is unusual to have a large green area in the inner city that hasn’t been redeveloped as an artificial park. While walking through this beautiful green area and experiencing its diverse greenery and wildlife, we could imagine how this area might look like in the future and what challenges lie ahead so that it can fully reach its potential.