On “No place, nowhere” from March 12th:
While reading, I had the feeling in several functions that I had to say something about this text. As an architect with several building projects within Munich but also in the district, I lost all faith in help from above after the amendment to the Bavarian building regulations that had just taken place. The reason for the amendment was the simplification of building regulations and the acceleration and promotion of housing construction. It was already clear beforehand that this would not work, but that the exact opposite will actually happen has to be achieved first.
After a large number of the Bavarian municipalities issued their own statutes for the regulation of the spacing area in the last week of January, the colleagues in the district office can only feel desperation. Sometimes they have to look after up to five parishes and each parish has a different statute. From my point of view, it is also foreseeable that some of them will tip over again after the first wave of lawsuits.
We have to correct all of our building applications that we submitted before February accordingly.
The cities with more than 250,000 inhabitants have completely said goodbye to the apparently undesirable subject of densification. I actually thought that there was a need for action there. I don’t think anyone has really understood the rest of the innovations, such as the fictitious approval. But that doesn’t really matter, because none of our builders will build without a correct and verified building permit anyway if they want to avoid later legal disputes. Incidentally, banks also charge a little more than a sheet of paper for financing.
After 30 years of professional experience in Munich and many residential construction projects for most of the small and large property developers in this city, I have not yet found the so often described evil real estate shark. Architectural quality is being demanded more and more, and this also applies to our fellow landscape architects. Unfortunately, old trees often stand in the way of good urban planning when densified. Trees do not have eternal life. I think it is fatal to choose a second-class urban development solution in order to preserve a tree. Everyone is better served with appropriate new plantings, and all property developers are happy to do that.
As the father of three children, I have the following comment on the regulation frenzy of playgrounds: The alibi playgrounds you have described have all been built so far, mostly not used for smaller building projects, and they also do not meet the needs of a young family. People prefer to meet on a larger playing area that is well maintained and where you can exchange ideas with like-minded people without always meeting the neighbors. Children over ten years of age are not recorded at all. But it is precisely them who want to meet somewhere without having to screw the last benches from under their asses like on Kuntersweg in Harlaching.
I still got some hope with the possibility of a compensation payment.
Michael Biedermann, Munich
Not even more appreciation
To “There’s something in the bush” from 13./14. February: “Stay away from Augustenstrasse”, I still stand by that, and despite all gendering, I am still an SZ reader and not an SZ reader. What actually bothers the district committee on Augustenstrasse? Has anyone ever asked local residents, business owners or the many thousands of passers-by what should be different there? There cannot be any shortcomings in the quality of stay that the BA apparently refers to, otherwise the street and the shops and snack bars there would not be frequented by so many people every day.
I claim that the very last thing residents and business owners want is a month-long, if not longer, construction site in front of their house or shop door with noise, dirt and restricted access and passage. What should also be avoided at all costs is a further upgrading of the area with corresponding consequences for apartment and shop rents and ultimately the displacement of the tenants and shopkeepers resident there. I’m not sure that this and other district committees always keep this in mind in their zeal for reform.
Andreas Renner, Munich