During the extensive renovation of the inner city, the city administration initiated a discussion about renovating Lookenstrase and the neighbouring residential streets.
Renovating the pedestrian zone on Lookenstraße, Germany
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Residents of Lookenstrase in collaboration with the City of Lingen
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Pedestrian area Lingen, Germany
Peter Kramer, Director of City Planning and Building Construction for the municipal administration stressed the importance of involving the residents and business community in the regeneration. “We wanted to find a solution where everyone was satisfied,” he said. “Since the project is partially financed by tax dollars, the transparency of the decision-making process was paramount. Town hall meetings, informational letters and public discussions take a lot of work, but it was worth it. Our new pedestrian zone is now much more attractive.” From the beginning of 2006, a joint approach was developed with neighbours, and working groups ensured that the different views were taken into consideration. Funded by the state of Lower Saxony, the draft plan was based on an initial project which sought to revise all the main axes of the pedestrian zone. The work was divided into several construction phases, and a total of 7,200 m2 of pavement was renovated with the revamp of Lookenstrase forming part of the overall project.