Gelsenkirchen: "That looks pathetic" - good idea of ​​the city is taken apart

Gelsenkirchen: “That looks pathetic” – the city’s good idea is being torn apart

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It’s finally here: the summer and also in Gelsenkirchen the good feeling has arrived. At least one should think …

But a well-intentioned idea of ​​the city is more likely to backfire, at least when it comes to the reactions to a post from “Radio Emscher Lippe” on Instagram.

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Because people there are not very enthusiastic about what the city is about Gelsenkirchen has done here.

Gelsenkirchen: Idea from last year

Last year, the city in the Ruhr area launched the “Gelsenkirchen takes off!” Initiative. With this she wanted to support the crisis-ridden gastronomy – and is relying on a new edition this year.


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Pop-up beer gardens on Heinrich-König-Platz and on the sculpture meadow in Buer are intended to attract Gelsenkirchen residents. They are now open every day from 4 p.m. Ten different pubs and restaurants are involved in the project, and the catering takes turns.

And what does the population have to complain about now?

Gelsenkirchen: Plant pots would be nice

“That looks pathetic,” comments one user on Instagram. Another writes with a touch of irony: “That looks great? So few umbrellas on pure asphalt, super well thought out. “She gives direct tips on how the city can do it better:” Plant pots and umbrellas have to go there. ”

That is not entirely wrong. The guests sit at unadorned beer tables, separated by barely noticeable bars. There are four flower pots in the four corners, there are few umbrellas, and guests are exposed to the gaze of passers-by without protection. The whole thing doesn’t really have a beer garden atmosphere yet.


This is Gelsenkirchen:

  • is one of 20 large cities in North Rhine-Westphalia with 259,645 inhabitants
  • was founded around 1900 as a merger of several areas
  • consists of five districts with 18 districts
  • Sights include: ZOOM Erlebniswelt, Rhine-Herne Canal, Nordsternpark
  • Mayor is Karin Welge (SPD)


Nevertheless: There are people who are happy about the beer gardens: “Can be expanded, yes, but not as bad as in some comments,” says one user. Guests can also be seen.

And maybe the city will take up the suggestion – after all, a little more green never hurts in the ubiquitous city gray. (evo)


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