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
November 23, 2004, 6am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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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

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Published on Monday, November 22, 2004 in INTBAU
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