|Restored Isar River, Munich: swarming with people|
(photo: Klaus Philipsen)
Imagine the shores of a restored Jones Falls River, a clean Middle Branch, a Harbor clean enough to swim and a big network of trails allowing access by bike and on foot, all accessorized by beer gardens under big trees.
With the long Memorial Weekend ahead, such a vision is worth consideration. Gems like Druid Park and Patterson Park give a good inkling of what it could mean if people take back their open spaces, parks and waterways.
The frolicking along the banks of Munich's signature river Isar didn't come from nothing. It required the careful elimination of many men-made impositions the river had to tolerate over the decades when neither the city nor its river was cherished for quality of life but seen only as a center of commerce. Just like the Jones Falls.
“The urban river concept combines the nature oriented design of an urban river with an urban lifestyle, it goes beyond simple cost benefit analysis and is of immeasurable value to the population”
|Isar River restoration measures, Munich|
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
Isar restoration (Video)
|the Isar "beaches" (photo: Klaus Philipsen)|
|Riding the bike to the beer garden on the Isar shores (photo: Klaus Philipsen)|
|An important staple of Munich's lifestyle: the beer garden. Isar beer garden Flaucher (photo: Klaus Philipsen)|
|accessible river shores|