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The Fifth Column: November 2013

The Fifth Column: November 2013

1914 – 1918:  Spreading the Blame “I’m not saying it’s your fault,” goes a common managerial expression. “I’m saying we’re going to blame you.” In this pre-August 1914 anniversary year, historic shifts-of-responsibility are coming under fresh scrutiny. One is the idea that the old softie Emperor Franz-Josef was reluctant when he uttered the ominous words: […]

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

Multi-tasking Mariahilfer

No more cars, but confusion and controversy on Mariahilferstraße, one of Vienna’s main shopping streets that was converted into a pedestrian zone in August. The main sources of irritation are bikers – required to bike at walking pace, but often cycling speedily – and public transportation on the street dividing 6th and 7th District. Complaints […]

Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

Maria Vassilakou and Vienna’s Green party have not been everybody’s darling when it comes to pedestrianizing Europe’s longest shopping street. Mariahilferstraße’s makeover has been severely criticised, both in the media and on Facebook, prompting uproar about disappearing parking spaces, unruly cyclists and a controversial 13A bus lane (see “Multi-tasking Mariahilfer” Brief , p.4). Wary pedestrians […]

Greens Join Red Vienna

Spirits were high among Green party members when long-time mayor Michael Häupl announced on Oct. 22 that the Social Democrats would enter into coalition negotiations with the Green Party following the Oct. 10 elections to the Vienna City Council and District Councils in which the SPÖ had lost its absolute majority only for the second […]

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