citylife-discussion is about finding a place to live in a city and take part in the social and cultural life which is mostly localised in he city-centre

autumn 2014:  Stockholm town-hall has a new ruling ”government” of socialdemcrats, green-party, and feminist-initiativ.  the mayor is not called mayor in sweden she is called finansborgarråd . karin wanngård. they decided recently that more apartments should be built. for owning or hiring .they work for taking away the demand of a certain income for being able to hire. even though the queues for hiring in stockholms close to inner-city-quarters are 10-15 years long  ….


summer 2015: ”it is possible to build fast and with high quality! ” sayes professor göran cars at technical highschool stockholm. he founded a network for`worth-rising society-building ` (värdeskapande samhällsbyggande). the planning-process between building-companies and political authorities has to  more than housebuilding, it is city building. the surrounding of a house is highly influencing the value of a house. the price for property/land , demanded by the communal politicians, should be part of a quality-discussion.

emma jönstedt , director of utopia architects, sayes networking on citybuilding would smoothen the planning-process, enlarge creative potential and garanty that allready given kowledge is accessable for all possible actors.

there are basically three approaches for selling property/land to enterprising companies:   set a maximum price : that often leads to byers structering everything according to the needs of big shopping-malls  / set a landprice price according to a set of quality-demands: that can work well but could also make it too expensive for enterprising companies / set an average price without quality-demands and then decide who is going to have the ground, then also valuing in the qualities of the plans

ranking cities 

Stockholm: very beautifull inner-city , all besides water, clean, interesting, internationell flavour.  …  very boring suburbs in ddr-style where the majority lives. long distances between centre and suburbia. expensive connections for the inhabitants , ( for tourists on a shorter stay the 24h-ticket or 72h ticket includes the whole area of major stockholm.) barbarious taxi-prices. criminal taxidrivers.  …  highly segregated city because of high apartment prices in the centre. quite expensive in food, clubs, culture


beautifull city-centre of a very proud and economically strong trade-city. suburbs not so long from city-center. apartment-prices rise according to distance to center, yet you can find something in the east parts like wandsbek, rahlstedt…  . good connections into the center , taxi-prices at least calculatable.  mildly till hard segregated. the trendy inner quarters (st.pauli, schanzenviertel, carolinenviertel) are gentryfied upp from former being the trash. the quarter wilhelmsburg has been a pilot Project for city-development.

berlin : big city-area, but not given a self-understood center. looks like folks circle around their quarters like wilmersdorf, friedrichshain, steglitz, kreuzberg.   segregation is low because in most of the quarters you still can find apartments for reasonable prices. when it comes to living, there is no such a hysteric drag into the center. and the question of connection is more about connecting in your own quarter. though… berlin is highly cut through by motorway-like cartracks. unpleasant. research for the cool calm places and the hotspots , still to be done, this time maybe by you.


Gdansk has kept the old medieval structure , or rather rebuilt it after total bombing. its a walkabout inner-city. with history hanging over it and maybe be a good example. inner city bubbles of Tourists from poland as well as the rest of the World. hospitality is great and simple. prices are half of Stockholm . Connection to suburbs are cheap as well as by public transports as by taxi.

Lübeck: one of the giant cities of former times, just like Danzig, and thus a destination for all kind of tourists, pensionists as well as backpackers. half of the old hansa-Town is preserved after the bombings the rest is filled with ugly modernistics. Lübeck is a walking-town and the near-by areas are very nice small-house-streets with middle-class-folks and small gardens in front of the houses. Culture is poor, because the internationell flavour is not there. yet pleasant bistros and restaurants , but there is not really a vibe between the banquers and the busloads of elderly Tourists. since Lübeck now also has lost its Airport it goes into less gentrification but more boredom.

ranking from the inhabitants point of view:

1: gdansk

2: lübeck

3. berlin

4. hamburg

5. stockholm

ranking from Tourist-Point of view:

1: stockholm

2: gdansk

3:4:5: lübeck, berlin, hamburg

ranking from life-quality compared with a chance to find a job or create a job:

1: Lübeck if you want to drive into Hamburg for the work

2. Gdansk if you are willing to invest in polish language , have ideas and a Little bit of Money to invest

3,4 Stockholm and Hamburg if you can handle to  taking a long way to the payed job

4. berlin , if you want to hang around, getting payed your base living by the state of berlin and try something or other in the widespread djungel of clowning for Entertainment. you can at least cool down in your apartment and in the clubs.

Stockholm 2039:

andreas ribbing, artist and gallery-founder:

the densified suburbs are the new hot neighborhoods and residents move more between the suburbs. high up in the sky, see-through tunnels are installed. they are used for walking, biking, skating ….. street-art, graffiti, and guerilla-gardening fill every corner ….

Joachim granith, creative director, färgfabriken:

people experiment with different alternatives . …. the rigid Swedish building regulations does not exist in these areas. now there are housing-areas where Groups and individuells can express themselves. microfarming and alternative transportation are widespread. the central part of Stockholm is intact. no Changes whatsoever can be done because it has become a museum four tourism and conservative citizens.

pelle tomleht: webb director and journalist :

in 25 years the housing shortage will be so disastrous that people wont even have room for a tiny kitchenette at home. therefore the desire for restaurants with a cosy dinner-party-at-home vibe will simply be insatiable. we are seeing that trend already and i predict that it will increase dramatically. by the same token, we will also see more cook-alongs,  ….  i guess the one positive outcome with the housing shortage is that it ironically brings us closer together .

STOCKHOLM-voices :

many suburbs are being drained of social services, cultural centers, shopping areas, meeting-places. while politicians and planners give a damn in planning they leave it over to the private house-owning-companies who suck out from the tennants without investing in housing or infrastructure. ”sänk hyran” means : get down with the rent !

the local kids are starting social networks like ”megafonen” in botkyrka,

in norsborg there has been a musicstudio for hiphop music for quite a while called ”redline” because norsborg is the last stop for the subways red line. the police is constantly hunting cannabis-smoking which prevents them from being a help in the social process. the kids , by the way, do not call their suburb suburb, they call it ”urb” . not förorten, but orten .

stockholms has been a city of trade in middelages until it became the countries the 20th century it more and more became a shop-window for swedens modernism to show to the world. by that way old connected urban structures were destroyed  in favor of locally and functionally separated areas as well in the inner town as in the suburbs. the concept was called ABC : Arbete/work , Bostad/living, Centrum/a centre. under this concept suffer now 80% of stockholmians living in the suburbs. .the inner city still has conserved parts of its urbanity from medeviel town and the time sweden was a main-power and stockholm its capital. the urban city has a net of streets and alleys connecting the citzens to public places , trade , industriality, exchange of information and opinion.  only trouble is that this urban-living now is reserved to upper well-earning middleclass .and rising of hiring-rents , selling out publicly owned housing transfirming them into private-owned apartments , housing-property becoming offer for speculative invensting-capital  is even threatening parts of this urban-life : small shop-owners , workshops, individuell restaurants, bistroes aree being driven away by the rising rents. uniformity rises by shopping–malls, all those non-owner-owned big-store-chaines.

the surrounding around sergels torg were built upon a brutal downcrushing of historical quarters , klaraberg. and maybe thats the reason why you only find the big store there around klarabergsgatan, sergels torg, hamngatan and regeringsgatan. this boring megashop only lightens up at the corners , for example at hötorget with its market, and kungsträdgården with its flowers , bistroes and open air-entertainment.

sergels torg is somehow a meetingplace in this shopping desert with also one lithing up spot that is kulturhuset with always many admittance-free offers.

the quarters around klaraberg were taken down inspite of protests from inhabitants and artists. in 1970 a new metroline was built and for that some elm-trees had to be cut down. some hundred demonstrants prevented that from to happen. police was drawn back after some days of confrontation. it was a symbolic happening that showed that the opinion had swung against the technocratic , steered-from-above town-planning.

fridhemsplan, FHP in map1 , in the sixties, still with left-side trafic

what a beautiful place, circus it could be now ! if not ……

the oval square in the middle , trafic going elegantly around, pavillions small gardens could be there, bridges for footwalkers could connect to the fin de siecle buildings with elegant shops , cafees and restaurants.    but half of it was trashed and bulldozed away, the other half offered to a most square trafic–cross of which big parts are nearly not used or needed (hundra knutars backe).  I wonder if aanybody in the town-building office has ideas for this massive ugliness …. spiral elevators maybe  ?

there is a very good newspaper for free : ”totally Stockholm” .  soon I shall quote from articles about Stockholm in the year 2039

this newspaper has gone down , never saw it again

stockholm is getting more and more boring because all the unofficial small events are made more and more impossible by the authorities.

like playing in the street or in pubs.

6 reaktion på “citylife-discussion

  1. a radically new typ of town planning is needed. and it has to against the interests of the speculants with ownership of the ground and the houses. the free market is good for goods but not for places, places are to be submiitted to a management of society. that means planning , publicity, openness, discussion.

  2. its a long story of misled town planning. the suburbs have been single-functioned as sleeping areas while work and life is only in the city. the subway-lines as the only connection. boring concept. few people refused and stayed in the rotten quarters of the city in the 1980 th. they won. they took care of the city centre. still the rest of the folks is isolated in the suburbs.

  3. now there have been riots in stockholms suburbs. cars burning, police attacked in the night. 80 percent of stockholm folks are living in boring suburbs. eather you try hard to belong to the chosen ones , the luxurious folks at stureplan, you put on your braggy – gangster goldchaine to get into the fancy clubs in inner city. or you decide to be a local gangster, a hiphop storyteller, open a studio , produce off music like in norsborg. worst alternative is to close up the quarter by violence.

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