Hamburg, Germany tries to create a neighborhood from scratch

People eat lunch on steps overlooking a waterway in HafenCity. (Wulf Rohwedder/for Keystone Crossroads)

People eat lunch on steps overlooking a waterway in HafenCity. (Wulf Rohwedder/for Keystone Crossroads)

On the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany, there’s a district called HafenCity. It used to be an active port, inaccessible to residents.

But then the city decided the land was worth more as a neighborhood than a port and turned it into a riverfront district, with modern glass office buildings and apartment complexes, and futuristic looking public spaces.

Now, the hard part: turning that district into a place people actually want to live and work.

More on that in this story from Keystone Crossroads, which I reported during a fellowship to Germany last summer.