Stuttgart Roiled By Conflict Over Proposed Development

A plan to underground the central train station of Stuttgart and create a new city neighborhood above it is so controversial that violent protests have broken out.

Water cannons and pepper spray were used to subdue crowds protesting the railway project, known as Stuttgart 21. A mediator has been brought in to try to work it out with both sides, but compromise looks impossible, says Charles Hawley in Speigel:

"Critics have focused on the exorbitant price tag and say the costs far outweigh the marginal benefits the project will have for Germany's rail transport system. In addition, many have mourned the loss of the historically protected main station and the hundreds of trees which are being felled to make way for the project."

Speigel also features a video profiling the project.

Full Story: In Stuttgart, 'No Compromise Is Possible'


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