kochstrasse/rudi dutschke/axel springer verlag

If you live in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and are eligible to vote, you probably got one of these Abstimmungsbogen over the holidays. The decision, which will be made on Jan 21, will decide whether to rename a part of Kochstrasse to Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse. I had a good time reading the CDU’s reasoning for voting to keep Kochstrasse as it is. My favorite bit out of the bulleted list:

Helfen Sie den Anwohnern der Kochstraße,
denn ihre Straße könnte die nächste sein!

Your street could be the next! ! ! !

They are very adamant and organized, with a whole website devoted to the vote called pro-kochstrasse. While it may be scary to envision a whole city suddenly renaming all of
the streets, that seems to be just a bit unlikely. I think it was the
irony of having a Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse intersecting with Axel-Springer-Strasse that tickled their opponents pink.  I believe the address of the Axel-Springer Publishing house used to be on Kochstrasse itself, before it opened a new entrance a couple of years ago.

Since we were heading to the Bürgeramt in Kreuzberg anyway, we found out that maybe a whopping 10 people had already voted. Doesn’t look like it will be a major turnout so far. So go vote… your street could be next!   

1 Comment

  1. Stylewalker said,

    Friday 12 January 2007 at 6:28 pm

    And it’s slightly ironic that especially the CDU praises the use of direct democracy.

    Well, whenever they need it, remember Roland Koch’s Abstimmung against people born in Germany taking on German nationality independent from their parents nationality?

    Suddenly one of the most authoritarian parties disovers the people’s vote..


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kochstrasse/rudi dutschke/axel springer verlag

If you live in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and are eligible to vote, you probably got one of these Abstimmungsbogen over the holidays. The decision, which will be made on Jan 21, will decide whether to rename a part of Kochstrasse to Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse. I had a good time reading the CDU’s reasoning for voting to keep Kochstrasse as it is. My favorite bit out of the bulleted list:

Helfen Sie den Anwohnern der Kochstraße,
denn ihre Straße könnte die nächste sein!

Your street could be the next! ! ! !

They are very adamant and organized, with a whole website devoted to the vote called pro-kochstrasse. While it may be scary to envision a whole city suddenly renaming all of
the streets, that seems to be just a bit unlikely. I think it was the
irony of having a Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse intersecting with Axel-Springer-Strasse that tickled their opponents pink.  I believe the address of the Axel-Springer Publishing house used to be on Kochstrasse itself, before it opened a new entrance a couple of years ago.

Since we were heading to the Bürgeramt in Kreuzberg anyway, we found out that maybe a whopping 10 people had already voted. Doesn’t look like it will be a major turnout so far. So go vote… your street could be next!   

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