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September 6, 2011

Skate (or bike) Tempelhof

Long story short: Last year Berlin's Nazi-era Templehof Airport, in 1948 the gateway for the Berlin Airlift, was transformed into an urban park.

Wrote Erik L. Olsen in yesterday's New York Times "In Transit" Travel section story, "The park is coming into its own as one of Europe's more distinctive urban experiences. On a sunny day it attracts as many 50,000 people."

"The airport has been left very much like it was in 1948. The control tower still looms over a huge building complex that was once the largest in Europe, and runways stretch to the horizon. Where planes once left for distant lands, people now cycle, run and skate."

Talk about swords into plowshares....

September 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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