Munich Citizens Vote To Preserve City Skyline

A plebiscite called by the Bavarian capital's residents has put an end to new high-rise blocks that have encroached on historic views of the city

Munich city centre remains an attractive environment of dense low-rise buildings under a skyline of Baroque domes and Gothic spires. Recent developments of tall buildings have caused outrage in the normally placid Bavarian capital, leading to a citizen-sponsored poll this weekend that has resulted in a clear victory for the low-rise lobby. The vote is a democratic challenge to other cities considering skyscrapers: will you allow residents to decide on issues affecting the future appearance of their city, or are you afraid of what they might decide?

Thanks to Dr Matthew Hardy

Full Story: Munich Says "Nein!" To Tall Buildings

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