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 Para­dies­hof

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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.