The Symbolic Core


“It’s up the street, right behind the Kastanienbaum”


- Anne T., Member of the IG Grubenacker


The Kastanienbaum at the crossing between Grubenackerstrasse, Steffenstrasse and Allmannstrasse is the symbolic center of the community. The Quartiertreff was mentioned several times during the interviews, and its location was always the same: by the Kastanienbaum. The interviewed residents refer to it as if it was a well-known friend who keeps an eye on what happens in the neighborhood. The tree itself is healthy and quite old and offers some shade on the small square, when the latter  is not occupied by Schrebergärtner’s cars.