Frankfurt needs housing – not only for high earners

The city must have strong social housing quotas in construction projects to adequately serve all groups of people

The project “Stadtteil der Quartiere” is an opportunity for affordable housing.

Single family housing for the few, that’s what the CDU recently demanded with its motion NR 537, and Uwe Becker also positioned himself in favor of the city’s support for the acquisition of private residential property.

But where are the opportunities for apartments that benefit people with lower incomes?

Between 2010 and 2020, net rents have already increased by 49%. The expected growth of the city of Frankfurt in terms of population has been known for a long time. Apart from high rents, tenants are currently burdened with high utility costs due to the energy crisis.

“In addition to the limited possibilities for redensification, we need further perspectives to offer housing to all people who live in Frankfurt and want to live there in the future. For us, it is very important that the interests of all citizens* are taken into account here. In addition, it is absolutely necessary to take measures for climate adaptation and climate protection. A social-ecological transformation must succeed and I am really glad that I as a city councillor have the opportunity to set impulses here” says Elisa Grote, planning policy spokeswoman of Volt in the Römer: “The planning of the district of the quarters, which Mike Josef as a department head already started before our time as part of the Römer coalition, correctly takes many aspects into account. We must now ensure that citizens* in neighbouring communities are also involved in decisions and can understand them. At the same time, we have to push ahead with planning so that the new district can’t be occupied decades from now.”

The planning for the district of quarters takes into account not only the living space but also the connection to the public transport system, so that parks and stores will be quickly and easily accessible for the Frankfurt residents living there in the future. This is an innovative neighbourhood of the future that already conserves resources during construction and implements future concepts such as superblocks.

As Uwe Becker stated, further development must of course be cautious. But there must be further development. The cuts demanded by the CDU, which would ultimately benefit the few who can afford the rents or even the purchase price of a house, are not the right steps for a growing city in which everyone – whether a saleswoman, nurse or CEO – should be able to live.

Volt Frankfurt: the political party

Volt Frankfurt is part of Volt Europe, the first party that is the same all over Europe. In Frankfurt, at the heart of Europe, we fight for a progressive, sustainable and united EU. We work according to the motto: Think global, act local.

Nearly one million people live and work in Frankfurt. The challanges we face are shared with over 100 Million people in metropolies all over europe. Volt stands for the urban living of tomorrow, using progressive and pragmatic solutions. 

We want to implement concepts that were already proven successful in other european cities. Be it lowering rents like Vienna, cycling like in Copenhagen or digital gouvernment services like Estland: we want to solve Problems, instead of just pushing them to the next election cycle.

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