Wolfgang Goerl

For twelve years, from 1960 to 1972, Hans-Jochen Vogel was mayor of the state capital Munich. If you only review the major projects that were realized during this time, you have the feeling that Vogel must have been in office much longer. It is astonishing, indeed admirable, what everything came into being or was initiated in his era: the Olympic facilities, in particular Günter Behnisch’s grandiose architecture on the Oberwiesenfeld, the underground and S-Bahn, the pedestrian zone in the old town or the huge housing complexes in Neuperlach, on Hasenbergl, in Fürstenried and Blumenau. The 1960s were a boom in which, not entirely exaggerated, the million village of Munich became a modern city of European format.