In addition to the many private-sector construction projects, Bremen's city center has also increasingly come under the spotlight of the public sector in recent years - not least through Corona. Many of the current projects and processes are aimed at minimizing the negative effects of structural change due to digitalization and changing user behavior, for example, while at the same time sustainably strengthening Bremen's city center. In particular, the issues surrounding traffic are also the subject of controversial discussions. Here you will find a brief overview of the currently most important developments and processes.
Action program downtown
As in other German and European cities, the corona pandemic has had a massive impact on the condition and development potential of inner cities since 2019. Bremen was one of the first cities ever to launch an extensive program on the topics of quality of stay and experience as well as accessibility, which is intended to cushion the effects of the pandemic in the short term. Under the leadership of the Senate Chancellery, the Senator for Economics, Labor and Europe, the Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing, the Senator for Culture and the Senator for Finance took part. An overview of all projects and the configurations can be found here. Further impressions of the implementation and the current status can be read on the Bremen will be new page. The CityIniative Bremen Werbung eV participates in and with selected projects such as the expansion and renewal of the inner-city W-Lan, concepts for temporary use such as the "Pöks" children's play center, events such as the CityLights and much more
As a result of two city center summits in 2020 and 2021, the public sector and private actors such as the CityInitiative, investors and real estate industry, but also the chambers, have agreed on important key projects for the next few years - many of the projects are then also in the deepening of the city center concept flowed in. Among other things, civil society demanded the introduction of a coordination office in Bremen that would exclusively look after the city center and its concerns, whether from an economic or urban development perspective. The Senate then decided to found an inner-city company, which is scheduled to start work in 2021. Here you will find the draft resolution for the founding and operation of the inner city society.
City Center Strategy Bremen Centrum 2030+
The deepening of the inner city concept 2025 started in July 2020. The aim of the new inner city concept entitled "Strategy Bremen Centrum 2030+" is to develop basic guidelines, strategies and measures for inner city development with close involvement of the city society. The downtown concept provides orientation for the redesign of the center and is intended to contribute to key projects. It summarizes existing plans and shows medium and long-term measures for the city center in a strategic plan. The strategy plan serves as a "compass" for the future design of urban spaces and uses. The aim is to develop the city center into a lively center for trade, work, living, culture and leisure, while ensuring a high quality of stay in the public spaces. The deepening of the inner city concept is a joint project of the Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing, the Senator for Economics, Labor and Europe and the Bremen Chamber of Commerce - IHK for Bremen and Bremerhaven. The Urban Catalyst office was commissioned to develop the implementation-oriented strategy. During the development phase, specialist and key players as well as the public were involved in sub-phases. Further information on the inner city concept can be found on the SKUMS website .
Partial update of the traffic development plan (VEP)
In 2020, the partial update of the transport development plan, or VEP for short, began. The partial update, which was supposed to continue the traffic development concept from the year xxx, includes 4 subject areas: "Car-free inner city", "Parking in districts", "City-Regional Traffic Concept" and "Public Transport Strategy". In particular, heated discussions are being held on the topics of "car-free inner city" and "parking in districts", with a few key projects increasingly being discussed. Bremen City in particular has led to skepticism about the location among investors and evaluators due to the way in which the responsible senatorial authority communicates, but also due to a number of key projects. Further up-to-date information can be found on the website of the senatorial authority SKUMS .