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The Five Lives of HB Südwest: Zurich's Main Station Development from 1969 to 2019

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Building on top and along the edges of Zurich's main railway station has been one of the most contested issues of urban development in Switzerland's economic capital. Located in the very centre of the city and at the heart of both the regional and national public transport system, Zurich Main Station had long been a focus for more intense land use. Over several decades, many different projects with ever changing coalitions of investors were developed. For more than 30 years all plans failed. They were defeated by ecological associations, political parties, referendums, economic recessions and in fighting among developers. The case of Zurich Main Station presents the whole range of stakeholders in the urban development process and how they used all the instruments available to them to promote or impede, respectively, one of the largest projects this country has seen. This is also a detailed account of the vagaries of a large-scale urban development scheme in a global city under a régime of direct democracy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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