Feature photo: Heilbronn City Library


The big hit will probably never succeed in Heilbronn and so everyone is actually satisfied with the fact that the city has found a property for its library in a central location, albeit rented, which is very well accepted by the citizens. You would have them library, as it has been called for a long time, can actually be further developed into a metropolitan institution. If you didn't want to, you deliberately created another institution with the Literaturhaus, which competes for the same tax money as donors. In a metropolitan concept - assuming that a big city can afford something like that - such a literature house would be a sub-department of the city library, which can emphasize its importance a little. We in Heilbronn do both without a concept! And that's not even the end of it, because we also maintain a Kleist archive Sempdner, which would be in much better hands in Marbach and is also thematically at home there. As far as I'm concerned, you could also give it away to Frankfurt an der Oder if you personally have something against the German Literature Archive.

But regardless of that, if you consider what we Heilbronn people spend our money on, e.g. e.g. for bridges that nobody actually needs and if they do, they can’t use them, or for completely overpriced and barely functioning bicycle parking spaces, it is very surprising that a necessary conversion and expansion of the city library has been delayed for years and that, I want to save the additional costs that have arisen from this alone with a cheap solution - as I know our municipal council and our city administration, this cheap solution does not do justice to anyone, but ultimately costs us citizens far more than the originally planned expansion. The main thing was that a few city councilors were once again allowed to show off and feign responsibility. Now that they're back in full force as blockers of big-city solutions, they'll keep throwing our money out for feschtle and celebrations and other unnecessary things.

And if you just look at all the city administration building renovations, conversions and expansions that are constantly taking place throughout the city, then we could easily have gilded our city library long ago. However, the future town hall extension (Reim area) will probably set completely new standards — with a swimming pool and wellness center for municipal employees. I'm already looking forward to the plausible explanations given by our parliamentary group leaders.


This is probably the latest craze among city planners, but unfortunately it is usually not thought through to the end. And so it is gratifying that, at least in Stuttgart, people have recognized that it is better to build upwards in cities and that the buildings, if there is no more space for accompanying greenery, at least be greened.

In Heilbronn, the path chosen is to re-densify, even lowering the height of the building and building over the last remaining green spaces. You can do it, but you have to know that this has consequences for the entire city — not just for the “new” district.

After the war, when rebuilding, the city planners took all this into account and not only built more loosely than before the war, but also released additional development axes. In the meantime, Heilbronn is no longer known for the greenery that so pleasantly distinguished our city from other comparable cities. And with the Friedrich-Ebert-Trasse, the last evidence of a formerly farsighted urban planning is now disappearing.

As already said, you can do it that way, but you have to know that we are rapidly reducing Heilbronn to a medium-sized town where neither trains nor ships will stop. And one or the other half-timbered house also fits on Kiliansplatz to make our city really cozy again. The Wollhaus and the shopping center will also soon be demolished, making the Kilianskirche the tallest building in the city again — one consciously forgets that there was once a Friedenskirche in Heilbronn and that a new building height was planned for Heilbronn back then.

But back to the most recent densification, the former new traffic axis, which had brought a little green to the district and ensured that the last remaining wild animals in the city could continue to roam — by the way, other cities have had entire concepts for this for years Even promote natural networks because it is absolutely necessary. But such "newfangled stuff" as e.g. B. the raising of the Pfühlbach intended decades ago, will not exist in Heilbronn.

According to the Heilbronner voice (2.11.2022: 24), we are now building a residential area for 700 citizens. And we all know that — because that's just how we humans are — we'll also get 700 additional cars with us into the new district. And since everyone is supposed to earn money at the same time, there will be parking spaces for just over 250 cars. The remaining 400 cars then look for their parking spaces in the neighborhood - this concept has proven itself in Heilbronn.

But in the end it's not about the 700 new cars, for which, by the way, there aren't enough roads in the entire northern part of the city — they should be equipped with e.g. B. the Friedrich-Ebert-Trasse has yet to be built - but about the further additional traffic that we citizens cause simply by our existence: ambulances, police, fire brigade, towing service, garbage disposal, taxis, delivery service, craftsmen, removal vans and much more, which will soon also torment through the northern part of the city. Densification sounds really good at first if you plan and implement it responsibly.

In addition to road traffic — I'm not even talking about new bus lines, a tram or even a subway that could connect the new district and certainly not about a cycle expressway - there is also the other infrastructure that is very easy to forget, such as e.g. B. larger supply lines for water, gas and electricity or, usually even more important, the disposal lines and collection points. And the Internet should also be taken into account. 700 new citizens and old copper cables do not go well together.


Yesterday I was able to finish my two monthly newsletters. The first goes to all European federalists and citizens interested in Europe who have also subscribed to it. Over the years, one can observe quite well that such circulars always have a fixed circle of readers and also regularly gain new readers but also lose them again. In addition, newsletters are becoming less attractive overall, so we are already happy to still have over 200 readers.

The second circular is a member's letter to the Free Voters, which I sent exclusively to the members of the Free Voters - Free Voters' Association Heilbronn e. V. send. Based on my experience with the first circular, I have chosen a slightly different approach for this purpose. And so I'm curious to see whether exclusive member information is more likely to be read than a publicly accessible version.

My third "newsletter" is just an email notification as soon as new posts appear on this weblog — no more, no less. This newsletter can be subscribed to by anyone who wants to and only contains the information that you can read the latest blog post if you want. So I now have three variants and I'll see which one will ultimately find the greater popularity with the audience.

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  • For centuries, the people of Heilbronn have referred to the intermediate platform of the Kilian Tower as a "dance floor" because of suspected debauchery. An old grain of truth with a long red thread?