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Social City Nied

Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
Size of area:
370 ha
Project management:

Mr. Timo Szuczynski
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 33026
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Project description

Reason for planning
In late 2016 Nied was included in the “Social City” scheme run by the Federal and state governments. The district is defined by different housing areas separated from one another by two railroad tracks. The dwellings range from “Alt-Nied” (the historical center of the district), post-War housing developments and large estates dating from the 1960s and 1970s to present-day densification projects.

Compared with the rest of the city, unemployment levels are above average here. The high proportion of minors with a migration background is also striking, as is the pronounced international spread of the residents overall, which brings with it specific requirements in terms of linguistic, economic, and social integration.

The historical center of the district around the main street “Alt-Nied” is defined by vacant commercial and residential premises. Furthermore, down-market outlets such as betting shops and electronics stores lower its appeal and thus play a role in a further trading-down effect. 

In some cases the buildings in Nied are not in a condition that reflects present-day standards, specifically as regards current demographic and climatic norms. Further assessment is required here. There is also room for improvement with regard to the design of façades and the location of ancillary facilities would also appear to be deficient. Great distances to amenities in surrounding districts and a lack of or insufficient barrier-free opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the railroad tracks at and below ground level lead to some housing areas in Nied being isolated.

The attractive location between the Main and Nidda rivers and the close proximity to the Frankfurt Green Belt mean the district has great potential. On the other hand, the streets have very little greenery and the green structures in the district are insufficiently linked by pedestrian and cycle paths.

The “Social City” scheme is intended to nurture the positive development of the district with a view to improving the quality of life there in the long term.

Development area
The preliminary development area is 370 hectares in size and has around 18,200 residents. It includes the existing housing in the district as well as the areas of greenery and open spaces in the vicinity of the Main and Nidda rivers.

Planning objectives
The aim of the development scheme is to intensively enhance the quality of life in the district in the long term by improving the lived environment and the associated infrastructure.

In this regard, interconnecting the various parts of the district as well as the areas of greenery and open spaces will be an important issue with a view to improving access to them and the existing public infrastructure and thus enabling greater use to be made of them. At the same time, by making streets, plazas, and semi-public natural spaces more appealing, the public areas in the district will gain in significance and attract more attention, encouraging residents to spend more time in them.

Furthermore, the social, cultural, economic, linguistic, and health-related integration specifically of children, young people, women, the unemployed, migrants, and the elderly is an important objective. This also means that the measures the “Social City” entails are intended to result overall in improved coexistence and community life for all residents in the district.

The focus is not, however, merely on improvements to the district itself, but also on bringing about a positive change in terms of the district’s image and how the rest of the city perceives it as a destination for local recreation and a district with a high quality of life. The “Social City” scheme is intended to put to an end the long-lasting planning neglect to which Nied and its residents have been exposed.

Project progress
At the beginning of the funding scheme an Integrated Urban Development Concept (IUDC) will be drawn up. It will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the district and outline agreed development objectives for the future. A subsequent catalog of measures will list individual projects which, so the plan, if realized will achieve the overall objectives.

The IUDC is currently being drawn up together with NH ProjektStadt and Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V., with the participation of Nied residents and local players. Neighborhood management based in a local district office is the main contact for the inhabitants of Nied. The neighborhood management provides information on, advises about, acts as an activator for and coordinates all matters relating to issues and topics concerning SOCIAL CITY Nied.
Through public events the residents, as well as local associations and institutions, will play an integral role in the drawing up of the IUDC and as such will be able to voice their ideas. Furthermore, in future they will be able to get involved in the “SOCIAL CITY Nied CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL”. This council makes important choices with regard to the SOCIAL CITY Nied scheme and represents residents’ interests on a permanent basis.

Up until April 21, 2019 www.mein-nied.de provided an opportunity, in the form of an interactive map, for users to voice their ideas for projects as well as strengths and weaknesses and thereby become involved in drawing up the Integrated Urban Development Concept (IUDC). The ideas and information inputted using this channel are currently being assessed and will be integrated in the subsequent process. We would like to offer our thanks for the numerous ideas and suggestions.
In addition to the online feedback, over the past few weeks we have also received numerous responses at the busy information stands and from the postcard poll. Together with the online poll we have now received well in excess of 700 replies and tips. Specifically you:

  • put forward over 250 ideas and made over 200 comments in the online poll
  • returned some 300 completed postcards in the postcard poll
  • placed 100 tips on the aerial view at the information stands
  • More than 80 people attended the residents’ meetings.
  • Around 65 residents took part in the walking tours of the district.

All these contributions have now been evaluated and documented. The documentations are available for download at the bottom of this page.

To the neighborhood office website>

To www.mein-nied.de

More information


Graphik zum Beirat Soziale Stadt Nied © Stadtplanungsamt Frankfurt am Main

What is the “SOCIAL CITY Nied Consultative Council”?

The Consultative Council is a committee in which Nied residents and functionaries can participate and an official part of the Social City scheme. The district’s representatives use it to exchange ideas and information. The members of the Consultative Council represent the interests of the area and offer advice with regard to project proposals and necessary developments in the district. The Consultative Council convenes regularly and holds public sessions so as to include the suggestions of Nied residents in the Social City Nied project.

The Social City Nied Consultative Council officially began its work on August 21, 2019. It was established to monitor the implementation of the Social City Nied program. In all, 13 residents from all districts of Nied and 12 representatives of institutions are members of the Social City Consultative Council.
The 25 members represent the area’s interests, discuss urban developments and make decisions with regard to neighborhood projects that can be financed through a contingent fund.
At its first meeting in August, the Consultative Council elected Helmut Grohmann as its first chairperson and student Emre Telyakar as the second chairperson. In future they will chair the meetings and, with the support of district manager Marja Glage from Caritasverband Frankfurt ensure that the concerns of residents of Nied and issues affecting them are taken into consideration.
At the second meeting on September 18, 2019 Timo Szuczynski, the relevant project manager in the City Planning Department, updated the Consultative Council and guests on initial projects and plans. The contingent fund, with which minor neighborhood projects can be financed, was also presented that evening.

Meetings of the Consultative Council will be held regularly and are open to the public.

Over the next few weeks numerous events will provide citizens with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Social City scheme and to become involved.

Meetings of the Social City Consultative Council

November 20, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Katholische Pfarrgemeinde St. Markus, Gemeindehaus, Niederkirchweg 12

Residents’ meetings
A chance to talk to a small group of neighbors about Nied
Nied-Süd, October 23,2019, 6 p.m.
Venue: Kita Rosengarten, Am Rosengarten 2b
Nied-Mitte, November 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Jugendhaus Nied (Ufo), Birminghamstrasse 119
Alt-Nied, November 6, 2019, 6 p.m.
Venue: Evangelische Gemeinde Nied, Gemeindehaus, Oeserstrasse 3a

Nied-Nord-Ost, November 7, 2019
Venue: Katholische Pfarrgemeinde Dreifaltigkeit, Oeserstrasse 126

Nied-West, 19. November 2019, 18:00 Uhr
Venue: Alevitische Gemeinde, An der Steinmühle 16
Prior registration is not required.

Contingent fund of the City of Frankfurt/Main
With a view to strengthening its commitment to the common good, the City of Frankfurt is making available to those districts undergoing urban renewal a budget (contingent fund) for the execution of minor local projects and measures. In an unbureaucratic way the fund will enable independent civic activity in the non-investment field.