Friday, September 7, 2012

The Modern Reich - The New Blitzkreig (Part 1)

My Germany is a business town; history and industry sort of dictated it to be like this. Everything in town looked rebuilt and uncharacteristic, except for when you do see some amazing structures in the capital. But as far as Frankfurt goes... Even the tour guide couldn’t drum up the excitement about the city. In Frankfurt, there are only 3 things that people come for: transportation, banks, and expos. Most cities in Germany were actually pretty destroyed in WWII by freedom fighters. Frankfurt for example was pretty much 95% destroyed. It looked as though they rebuilt the cities. They really did, only the rebuilding effort ended 50 years ago and they never looked back since. Therefore, the majority of the city looked frozen in the 1980’s era. They are not cities of the future. Although in Berlin, there are some amazing architectures in odd places. They tend to be highly specialized buildings though, either academic buildings or professional buildings that the regular German would have no business in visiting, but highly functional. It’s just a pretty sight, but forgettable for the most part. It kind of makes a lot of sense according to the German attitude. Now I am not trying to play to stereotypes here, but the German way is highly clinical and direct, and very effective I must say. I am actually praising them. Looking at how the cities were laid out. One could see a design, a pattern, that not only was persistent in the city, but in the cities, in the country. The result is that their cities look very similar.

The Germans understand logistics very well and know how to design a nation, as they had that chance in post war Germany to “start over” basically. The German population is actually very spread out. Did you know that the top 5th to 15th most populous cities in Germany have roughly the same amount of people living in them. With the exception of the top 4 cities like Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne with over 1 million people in them. The rest have the same amount of people living in them, around 500,000. Their 80th most populous city, Cottbus, still had over 100,000 inhabitants!!!!

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