Nuremberg Research Paper

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PROBLEM DEFINTION IN THE URBAN CONTEXT Nuremberg, Germany is a city that is well known throughout the records of history. Post World War II, Nuremberg was the center for justice to trial various Nazi and German officials from their heinous war crimes. After the Nuremberg trials, Nuremberg began to urbanize like the rest of Germany recovering from World War II by redeveloping neighborhoods and streets. Most of the streets were designed to be small and inaccessible by more than a few cars at a time. As the German population increased and more Germans moved to the city of Nuremberg, the amount of cars populating the city also began to rise. With the increasing amount of cars came the abundance of emissions and air pollution from the vehicles.…show more content…
Something to note about the plan to remove cars in Nuremberg is that on four different events where heavily trafficked roads were closed to automobiles, the traffic almost seem to disappear and not spill over to local, smaller streets. And even when the spillover did occur on the smaller streets there was only an influx of 20-29% of increase traffic flow, which was not substantial at any means (“Nuremberg: Car-free”). Also, despite popular public opinions, the Nuremberg streets were more populated with pedestrians than ever before bringing retailers tourism and shopping goers. For instance, refer to the figure below to see the difference of pedestrians after the elimination of cars at one of the most popular car-free zones in Nuremberg, The…show more content…
Within the first two months after the removal of cars, there air quality in the surrounding areas actually deteriorated because of the changing of weather (Pluske) However, after one year of the car removal, air pollution within the road closure significantly decreased and Nuremberg had a decrease of Nitrous Oxide by over 30% because of the elimination of cars. This can be directly seen in the figure below. The figure describes the change of spatial air structure of NO2 from the 1980s to the late 1990’s where the upwind pushes the air out of the city and then circulates back to the city. From the years of 1981-1985 which was before the removal of cars, the nitrous oxide was in the form of a bell shape curve where the pollution reached a peak percentage in the middle of the city, however, after the removal of cars it can be seen that there is a downward trend of nitrious oxide within the area and in the
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