Foto­credit: Soheil Hon­ar­mand

The Bahn­hofs­vier­tel

This sta­tion invi­tes you to take an audio tour of the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel. On half a square kilo­metre, the con­tra­dic­tions and frac­tures of society become visi­ble here as if underbur­ning glass: poverty and wealth, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and decay, drug use and busi­ness lunch, art and cri­mi­na­li­sa­tion. Nume­rous intert­wi­ned poli­ti­cal nego­tia­ti­ons and strug­gles over the city are played out here. If you are there, it is best to decide for yourself which route you would like to take in order to let the impres­si­ons, per­spec­ti­ves and sto­ries take effect on you: Which pla­ces here are important? What are the mecha­nisms of exclu­sion that people affec­ted by racism face, and how do they inscribe them­sel­ves in the neigh­bour­hood and ever­y­day life? Which spaces do people make their own? Where do paths cross and where do you dis­co­ver the pre­viously unknown?

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A brief out­line of the history of this district

 In the 1980s and 1990s, the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel was mainly asso­cia­ted with the buz­z­words drugs, crime and red-light district. Since the 2000s, things have chan­ged. In the city of Frankfurt’s drug policy, the so-cal­led Frank­furt Way ⊕ was adop­ted.  Tau­nus­straße, in the nort­hern part of the district, is still known for brothels and table dance bars and attracts thousands of people every year, eit­her as cus­to­mers or as a tou­rist attrac­tion. In addi­tion, many people have always lived and worked in the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel who have a migra­tion history them­sel­ves or in their fami­lies.  

 The wind of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion blows

 City policy has chan­ged its stra­tegy for the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel since the 2010s. The aim is now to upgrade this neigh­bour­hood. As a result, inves­tors have since bought many of the houses and flats, reno­va­ted them exten­si­vely and sold them on at a high price or ren­ted them out. Rising rents and reno­va­tion lawsuits are dis­pla­cing the old-estab­lis­hed resi­dents, who have lower or middle inco­mes. The many super­mar­kets, bars and restau­rants in the various com­mu­nities are incre­a­singly being repla­ced by high-pri­ced restau­rants, offices and super­mar­ket chains. But for many people with their own or their family’s migra­tion history, the sta­tion district is still an important place: they meet acquain­tan­ces and friends there, can buy food and other things that are often not avail­able in the big super­mar­ket chains, run their own busi­ness or find work here.   

 Social exclu­sion and dis­pla­ce­ment   

 People who have low or no income and/or are affec­ted by racism have often had no choice but to move to neigh­bour­hoods like the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel due to struc­tu­ral exclu­sion and racism. In these neigh­bour­hoods rents are cheap, but housing con­di­ti­ons and infra­st­ruc­ture, such as health care or schools, tend to be low as well.  In the course of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, they are now being dis­pla­ced again, alt­hough some of them have been working and living in the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel for deca­des. The city is also try­ing to push drug users out of the Bahn­hofs­vier­tel with actions such as the »con­cen­tra­ted action«, without actually loo­king for solu­ti­ons to their situa­tions. Due to various lines of con­flict, there are also con­flicts bet­ween the people living and stay­ing in the Bahnhofsviertel.

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The Klap­per­feld

Depor­ta­tion pri­sons and the resis­tance against them


The aut­ho­rity for foreigners

The dif­fi­cult way to both a resi­dence and working permit


Working in Frankfurt

The fight for workers’ rights


The Main-Rail­way-Sta­tion

Racial Pro­filing as a con­stant threat


The Para­dies­hof

The fight for a self­or­ga­nised migrant center


The attack in Hanau

Against racist ter­ror and oblivion


The Bahn­hofs­vier­tel

Important hub for migrant life


Mix­tape Migra­tion is finan­ced by your donations

The tour is free for ever­yone and is acces­si­ble to as many people as pos­si­ble. At the same time, we are depen­dent on dona­ti­ons and sup­port — we want to make the tour bet­ter known and, in a second step, expand it to include addi­tio­nal topics and stations.

The pro­ject is desi­gned, orga­ni­zed and car­ried out by the non-pro­fit asso­cia­tion turn the cor­ner. turn the cor­ner is com­mit­ted to a society in which we tog­e­ther and con­sciously shape how we want to live and work inde­pendently. A society in which people can be dif­fe­rent without coer­cion. Learn more about turn the corner.