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Ben Gurion Ring – Social City

Integrated revitalization procedure in accordance with the Federal and state governments’
program “City districts with a special need for development – the Social City” (section 171e of
the German Town and Country Planning Code (BauGB))

Urban revitalization

Representation in the project map (German)

Reason for planning
In late 2015 the area around Ben Gurion Ring was included in the Federal and state
governments’ program entitled “City districts with a special need for development – the
Social City". The large 1970s housing development, an extension of the districts, was built as
subsidized housing in line with the “Urbanity through Density” strategy. The concept of a self-
contained estate is obvious from the isolated location between the established district
Bonames, the A 661 interstate, and the commercial zone to the north. The population in the
quarter is heterogeneous in structure and furthermore includes people of around 46 different
nationalities. In the past, neighborhoods were unable to cope with the various cultures and
different generations, not to mention the burdens caused by unemployment, debt, and
problems with violence and addiction. Following on from the “Active Neighborhood” scheme
conducted until 2005, the “Social City Ben Gurion Ring" will stabilize the development, which
has indeed seen better days, and create a quarter it is a pleasure for its residents to live in.

Planning area
Covering a surface area of 31 hectares, the Ben Gurion Ring housing development was built
in 1977 by the Neue Heimat housing association. Today, 4,066 people live in a total of 1,604
apartments, of which 330 belong to a community of private owners, 168 to the Nassauische
Heimstätte housing association, and 1,078 plus, 196 student apartments to the GWH
housing association. The quarter also features a row of shops plus medical practices and two
office buildings. The development of land to the northeast will result in a further 340
apartments for approximately 850 new residents. Here, the Social City also aims to promote
communication processes between the previous and future resident.s

Planning objectives
On the basis of the integrated approach adopted by the Federal and state governments’
Social City program, the City of Frankfurt/Main aims to preserve the Ben Gurion Ring estate
and its subsidized housing. In the interest of the quarter it will upgrade the areas of greenery
and open spaces, strengthen the people in the neighborhoods in social terms, promote the
local identity and intercultural integration and influence public perception of the development
in a positive way.

Project progress
In 2016, in advance of the Integrated Urban Development Concept Social City Ben Gurion
Ring, activating events and workshops were first held for those residents of the quarter with
an interest in the matter. The “Social City Consultative Council” came together for the first
time in March 2017 and has since met every six weeks. Comprising residents of the quarter
and representatives of the institutions active in the area, the SCCC is engaged in all the
Social City’s fields of activity and is closely involved in the participation process relating to
implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Concept.
The management unit for the quarter was officially established as of July 2017. In the form of
an office located centrally in the row of shops, there is now is a low-threshold drop-in center
for information and support services. The management unit for the quarter is the Consultative
Council’s office and organizes its meetings, as well as on-going contact with and the
involvement of the quarter’s residents in participation events and forums.

PDF files relating to the project

Project management

Ms. Petra Kanamüller

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 46051
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761

Ms. Ragna Körby

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 30128
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30761