(In re­sponse to “Death in Vi­enna”, MET Novem­ber, 2016) My wife and I had read the Novem­ber 2016 magazine and sub­se­quently sub­scribed to Metropole as we liked the con­tent and va­ri­ety.

Dardis Mcnamee’s “Death in Vi­enna” prompted us to take a long walk this past

Sun­day through a large part of the Zen­tral­fried­hof. When we had vis­ited there sev­eral years ago we had not walked through the Old Jewish Ceme­tery, but on this visit we did and were dis­mayed by its cur­rent con­di­tion. We won­dered if dur­ing Mcnamee’s re­search she dis­cov­ered why this por­tion of the ceme­tery was left in such ter­ri­ble con­di­tion – we know that Kristall­nacht led to much of the orig­i­nal dam­age. Although we are not Jewish and know that many de­scen­dants of fam­i­lies that would have been buried there met their demise dur­ing the Holo­caust, we can’t un­der­stand why Vi­enna, which so prides it­self on a clean and well-main­tained city, would al­low this por­tion of the Zen­tral­fried­hof to be­come such a run-down area.

We sus­pect fund­ing by the fam­i­lies largely ceased to ex­ist af­ter 1938 and has led to the slow demise of this sec­tion but won­dered why Vi­enna had not taken on the task of at­tempt­ing to re­store this sec­tion to a rea­son­able state.

Chris Richter, per e-mail TO THE ED­I­TOR,

(In re­sponse to “Her­itage Short Changed”, MET July/au­gust, 2017) It’s dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing with this re­de­vel­op­ment. It does look like they are tear­ing down or com­pletely chang­ing the look of the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel. That’s a shame be­cause that prop­erty could re­ally be a trea­sure of

60s ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign if han­dled cor­rectly.

The “new” ver­sion is very typ­i­cal look­ing and of­fers very lit­tle that is visu­ally in­ter­est­ing, although I do ap­pre­ci­ate the re­moval of that hideous streetscape at the ice skat­ing rink and, as noted, open­ing up the other side of the Konz­erthaus. But it’s still a bit of a dead zone from a cit­i­zen’s per­spec­tive. I’m usu­ally a pretty good re­searcher, but it’s dis­turb­ing how lit­tle real in­for­ma­tion I can find on this devel­op­ment. Does the devel­op­ment of­fer any af­ford­able hous­ing or is this just an­other €6,000/m2 and up deal that is likely to be bought up by non-res­i­dents? Fi­nally, I’ve al­ways won­dered, what’s the big deal about the In­nere Stadt be­ing a UN­ESCO World Her­itage site? I’m not against it or any­thing, but I re­ally don’t un­der­stand what that means on a prac­ti­cal level. And why can there be tall build­ings on the canal side that don’t threaten this sta­tus, but not on the Ring side?

scot­tythe­body, web­site com­ment TO THE ED­I­TOR,

(In re­sponse to the Face­book post “Dis­cov­er­ing Vi­enna Sec­ond-hand with Will­haben” July 21, 2017) That’s also how I roll! Agree on/have ex­pe­ri­enced al­most ev­ery­thing you’ve writ­ten. Com­ple­men­tary idea: When there’s an item you like at IKEA, search for its name on Will­haben, and you might get your­self a much cheaper or even a free and al­ready as­sem­bled, most of the time al­most as good as new (some­times even un­used) ver­sion of it, luck­ily even next door from you! Added bonus: Mak­ing friends on the way. It hap­pens.

İstem Özen, Face­book com­ment

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