|Sector||urban regeneration, inner city redevelopment|
|Year of beginning||2009|
|People involved||200 people mobilized against the demolition; thousands of people today visit the site and participate in the activities|
|Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association)||Association of citizens|
|Type of commons|
|Object||The Gängeviertel is a complex in inner city Hamburg composed of 12 buildings. Once workers housing left abandoned for years, the buildings were sold to leave space for a new development. Citizens and activists mobilized in August 2009 and entered the Gängeviertel in order to save it from decay and demolition, showing that another future for the inner city was possible.
In 2010, citizens presented a proposal for the redevelopment and usage of the area to the City of Hamburg and they have been negotiating ever since.
An Association of the Gängeviertel has been officially established and and through the “Komm in die Gänge” (get in your gears) Initiative the cooperative “Gängeviertel eG” has been founded for the conservation of this historic quarter, in order to secure the future of this area independently from political changes.
The inner city complex has been visited by tens of thousands tourists, artists, and activists from all over the world, who attend the art exhibitions, concerts, love readings, and discussion organized in the Gängeviertel.
The aim of the initiative is to create in Hamburg’s downtown an area for the promotion of the arts, culture, and talks, both in studios, in apartments, or in social projects.