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Social City Nied

Urban revitalization
District: Local district:
Size of area:
370 ha
Project management:

Ms. Lara Heinz
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 33026
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731

Project description

Reason for planning

In late 2016 Nied was included in the “Social City” (nowadays “Social Cohesion”) scheme run by the Federal and state governments. Prägend für den Stadtteil sind unterschiedliche Siedlungsbereiche, die durch zwei Bahntrassen voneinander getrennt sind. The dwellings range from the histo rical center of the district, post-War housing developments and large estates dating from the 1960s and 1970s to present-day densification projects.
The social structure presents challenges as far as social cohesion is concerned. Compared with the rest of the city, unemployment levels are above average here. Auffallend ist zudem der hohe Anteil an Minderjährigen mit Migrationshintergrund sowie eine allgemein hohe Internationalität der Bewohnerschaft mit besonderen Anforderungen an die sprachliche, wirtschaftliche und soziale Integration.

The historical center of the district around the main street Alt-Nied is defined by vacant commercial and residential premises. Down-market outlets such as betting shops and electronics stores lower its appeal and thus play a role in a trading-down effect. A trading-down effect is the process of detrimental impacts mutually reinforcing one another.
In some cases the buildings in some settlements are in a condition that no longer reflects present-day standards or is deficient, specifically as regards the design of façades, adaptation to current demographic and climatic norms, and the location of ancillary facilities. Great distances to social and cultural amenities in surrounding districts and insufficient barrier-free opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the railroad tracks at and below ground level lead to some housing areas in Nied being isolated.
On the other hand, the attractive location between the Main and Nidda rivers as well as the close proximity to the Frankfurt Green Belt mean the Nied district has great potential. However, the streets have very little greenery and the green structures in the district are insufficiently linked by pedestrian and cycle paths.
The “Social Cohesion” scheme is intended to nurture the positive development of the district with a view to improving the quality of life there in the long term.

Development area
The preliminary development area is 370 hectares in size and has around 20,000 residents. It includes the existing housing in the district as well as the areas of greenery and open spaces in the vicinity of the Main and Nidda rivers.

Planning objectives
The aim of the development scheme is to intensively enhance the quality of life in the district in the long term by improving the lived environment and the associated technical and social infrastructure.

Linking the various parts of the district with one another will be an important issue. In general, the attractiveness of streets, plazas, and public space as a whole will gain in significance and be given more attention.
The integration of children, young people, the elderly, women, the unemployed, the physically challenged and people of different origin is a fundamental objective of the urban development support program. The social, cultural, economic, linguistic and health-related participation in society of these various groups is essential for all residents of Nied to coexist, as the support program’s integrating approach envisages both the bringing together of various points of view as well as the impact of structural and social measures vor.
Above and beyond the planning objectives in the district itself, the aim is also to improve its image: the intention is for the city as a whole to see Nied as a destination for recreation and a district with a high quality of life.

Project progress
At the beginning of the funding scheme an Integrated Urban Development Concept (IUDC) will be drawn up. It will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the district and outline agreed development objectives for the future. A catalog of measures will list individual projects which, so the plan, if realized will achieve the overall objectives.
The IUDC has been being drawn up since the second half of 2019 together with ProjektStadt and Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V., with the participation of Nied residents and local associations and institutions. Commissioned by the City Planning Department, the neighborhood management team provides information on, advises about, acts as an activator for and coordinates all matters relating to issues and topics concerning the Nied urban renewal process and maintains a district office there.
Residents as well as local associations and institutions are playing an integral role in the drawing up of the IUDC. Public events and activities enable the citizens of Nied to voice all their ideas and suggestions. On top which, they can get involved in the district Consultative Council or residents’ meetings. The Consultative Council represents the interests of residents and local institutions. The residents’ meetings are informal meetings, which are open to everyone, with members of the Consultative Council from the neighborhood.

In the years 2020 and 2021 there were further rounds of participatory talks and the first IUDC measures were realized. Further activities are scheduled for 2022 such as the makeover of the Nied South parkland zone.

More information


Integriertes Städtebauliches Entwicklungskonzept © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

In dem Integrierten Städtebaulichen Entwicklungskonzept (ISEK Nied) werden zu Beginn des Förderprogramms die Stärken und Schwächen des Stadtteils analysiert und Entwicklungsziele für die Zukunft vereinbart. In einem Maßnahmenkatalog werden Einzelprojekte dargestellt, durch deren Umsetzung diese Entwicklungsziele erreicht werden sollen.

Die Erstellung des ISEK erfolgte seit dem zweiten Halbjahr 2019 in Zusammenarbeit mit der vom Stadtplanungsamt beauftragten Projektsteuerung ProjektStadt  und dem Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V. unter Beteiligung der Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner sowie Vereinen und Institutionen in Nied.


Structure of the Social City Nied Advisory Council © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

The district Consultative Council is a committee that enables residents and representatives of institutions to participate in the “Social Cohesion” scheme. The districts’ representatives exchange ideas and information here. The members of the Consultative Council represent the interests of the area and offer advice with regard to project proposals and necessary developments in the district. The Consultative Council convenes regularly and holds public sessions so as to include the suggestions of Nied residents in the Social Cohesion Nied project.

The Nied Consultative Council officially began its work in August 2019. At its first meeting the Consultative Council elected Helmut Grohmann as its first chairperson and Emre Telyakar as the second chairperson. The Chairpersons chair the meetings and, with the support of district manager Marja Glage from Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V., ensure that the concerns of residents of Nied and the issues affecting them are taken into consideration. In all, 13 residents from all five districts of Nied and 12 representatives of institutions are members of the Consultative Council. The 25 members represent the area’s interests, discuss urban developments and make decisions with regard to neighborhood projects that can be financed through a contingent fund.


Resident's meetings
There are residents’ groups in all five district quarters: The open, informal get-togethers serve to establish a neighborhood network. On request, the concerns of the neighborhood are also reported on at the meetings of the district Consultative Council.  



Die Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner im Beirat veranstalten mit Unterstützung des Quartiersmanagements regelmäßige Bewohnertreffen  in allen fünf Siedlungsteilen: Die offenen, formlosen Treffen finden bedarfsorientiert etwa vier Mal im Jahr statt.In Verbindung mit dem Beirat fördern die fünf Bewohnergruppen den Austausch innerhalb ihres Siedlungsteils und die Vernetzung zwischen Beirat und den Menschen in den einzelnen Siedlungsbereichen.
Die Anliegen aus der Nachbarschaft werden durch die Bewohnervertreterinnen und Bewohnervertreter in den Stadtteilbeiratssitzungen berichtet. Aus den Bewohnertreffen entstehen auch Projektgruppen, in denen Verfügungsfondsprojekte umgesetzt werden.

Bewohnertreffen in 5 Siedlungsteilen © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Nied district office (Stadtteilbüro)

Nied District Office, © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

In January 2020 the premises of the former Volksbank branch at Alt-Nied 13 were rented for the Social Cohesion Nied scheme in order to create a single point of contact for project-related issues and a staff workstation. The office doubles up as a meeting place and as the office of the district management and has open consultation hours. In her capacity as the intermediary between the City Council, local institutions and local residents, district manager Marja Glage is thus the focal point on site for people wanting to find out about upcoming developments in the district or seeking advice on offers related to the Social Cohesion scheme.


Contact details and opening hours of the district management:

Marja Glage, Stadtteilbüro Nied, Alt-Nied 13, 65934 Frankfurt/Main, Tel.: 069 2982 6540 or 0176 12982 202,
Email: marja.glage@caritas-frankfurt.de

You can also find further information under:

Open office hours: Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

and by appointment.

The District Office functions as a regular venue for discussions, residents’ meetings or Consultative Council meetings and working groups on various topics. The existence of an easily accessible place such as the District Office enables new services to evolve that foster a neighborly exchange, shared leisure activities, and cultural diversity without excluding those people who could not otherwise afford such services or the related rent. After all, it is also possible for people to organize and manage their own event in the district office say to host an exhibition, a reading circle or a repair café. The District Office lends itself to various uses making it equally suitable as a kind of thinktank for projects financed from the Contingent Fund or a workshop for activities with kids. The room is intended for communal use and is open to all local residents.

Jan Thielmann (ProjektStadt), Lisa Gerdom (Caritas), Marja Glage (Caritas) und Frederik Daub (ProjektStadt)]  © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Im Stadtteilbüro finden regelmäßig Besprechungen, Bewohnertreffen, Beiratssitzungen und Arbeitsgruppen zu unterschiedlichen Themen statt. Durch einen leicht zugänglichen Ort wie das Stadtteilbüro können neue Veranstaltungsangebote entstehen, die den nachbarschaftlichen Austausch, die gemeinschaftliche Freizeitgestaltung sowie die soziale und kulturelle Teilhabe fördern, ohne die Menschen auszugrenzen, die sich solche Angebote sonst nicht leisten können. Der gemeinsam nutzbare Raum steht allen Niederinnen und Niedern offen.


Ein digitaler Infobrief hält Interessierte stets auf dem aktuellen Stand. Dieser wird ungefähr zweimonatlich und anlassbezogen per E-Mail versandt sowie in Infoschaukästen und im Stadtteilbüro-Schaufenster ausgelegt. An der Bearbeitung ist ein Redaktionsteam aus dem Beirat, das Stadtplanungsamt, die Projektsteuerung und das Quartiersmanagement eingebunden.

Ziele sind die Steigerung der Bekanntheit des Programms und aktueller Ereignisse, schnelle Information über den Arbeitsstand sowie Rückblick auf erfolgreiche Aktionen und Aktivierung durch Hinweis auf Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten. Zielgruppen sind insbesondere Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner in Nied und im Frankfurter Westen.

Wer regelmäßig den Infobrief als E-Mail erhalten möchte, kann nach einer formlosen E-Mail an das Quartiersmanagement in den Verteilerkreis aufgenommen werden.

Contingent fund

City of Frankfurt Contingent Fund for Areas that come under Urban Development Promotion, © City of Frankfurt Planning Department

Contingent fund of the City of Frankfurt/Main
With a view to strengthening its commitment to the common good, the City of Frankfurt is making available to those districts undergoing urban renewal a budget (contingent fund) for the execution of minor local projects and measures. In an unbureaucratic way the fund will enable independent civic activity in the non-investment field.

Do you have an idea that could be used to play an active role in your neighborhood? The City of Frankfurt will be pleased to reimburse you for your efforts.

Initial ideas for projects can be discussed informally with the neighborhood management team. The district manager Marja Glage also offers assistance with submitting an application and the implementation process