"Architects drew up plans. Politicians convened hearings. Editorialists wrote impassioned commentaries.
But in the end, the city's plans for Tempelhof Airport, built under Adolf Hitler as a grandiose monument to Nazi ambitions and Berlin's lifeline during a Cold War blockade that emotionally bound this nation to America, turned out to be in tune with the current laid-back, not to mention penny-pinching, zeitgeist of Germany.
It did nothing."
The park is now open to the public, who can walk and bike and play on the airport's large runways and surrounding spaces, providing a huge new park for the city.