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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.

In the coming weeks all your ideas and suggestions will be evaluated and documented and the documentation made available on www.mein-nied.de.

The next opportunities to take part in the discussion are:

District workshop 1: August 17, 2019, 3 p.m. (venue to be announced)
District workshop 2: September 21, 2019, 3 p.m. (venue to be announced)

We explicitly welcome your participation.

To the neighborhood office website

To www.mein-nied.de

Below you will also find the picture gallery for the Nied City Walk with Head of the Planning Department Mike Josef on July 17, 2019.


PDF files relating to the project

  • Kerbeplatz: Introduction to the Nied City Walk, © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main (Bild 2) 1st station: Alt-Nied street, t
  • 1st station: Alt-Nied street, topic: the “Schöneres Frankfurt” program © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  • 2nd station: Alt-Nied street, topic: “Schöneres Frankfurt” explained by HoD for Public Space, Transport Planning, Ecology and Landscaping Michael Hootz © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  • 3rd station: Mainzer Landstrasse, topic: ABG housing construction, explained by ABG Frankfurt Holding CEO Frank Junker © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  •  City councilor Mike Josef answers citizens’ questions © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  • 4th station: Mainzer Landstrasse, topic: rerouting traffic flows at Nieder Tor
  • 4. Station: Mainzer Landstraße
  • 5th station: Dürkheimer Strasse, Zata Sen, boss of Nahkauf, speaks on the topic of local supply © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  • 5. Station: Dürkheimer Straße: Thema Nahversorgung © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • 6th station: Main riverbank, lively discussion about the Main riverbank © City Planning Department Frankfurt/Main
  • 6. Station: Mainufer, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

More informations


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.

How can I get involved?

If we have piqued your interest in getting involved with the Consultative Council we would be delighted to provide you at short notice and in person with information about the structure of the “Social City Nied Consultative Council”. There are plans to hold several information events related to the Social City Nied, to which you, as a resident of Nied, are cordially invited.


The next steps

The dates of the Nied residents’ meetings in the second half of 2019, with information about the Social City and becoming involved with the future Consultative Council, will be announced here shortly.




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