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Auf Weidersehen, Weimar!

Sehr geehrter Herr Bürgermeister Wolf,  Liebe Mitbürger,  sechs wunderbare Jahre habe ich nun in Weimar, der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt (1999), gelebt. Die Stadt mit ihren vielen Parks ist schön und die Menschen sehr freundlich. Selbst wenn ich nun nach Berlin ziehe, wird Weimar immer einen Platz in meinem Herzen behalten. Das sagend, hoffe ich, dass Weimar eine Vision für seine Zukunft findet: Weimar lebt und schwelgt in der Vergangenheit: Goethe, Schiller und das Bauhaus. Bitte entwickeln Sie eine Zukunft für diese Stadt - eine Wirtschaft die ausschließlich auf Geschichte basiert, bringt keine Zukunftschancen hervor. Weimar  ist eine zu schöne Stadt um an die Vergangenheit verloren zu gehen.  Ich werde zurückkommen! In Liebe, Ihr Adam

Dear Mayor Wolf and Fellow Citizens,

I’ve had a great six years living in Weimar, European Capital of Culture, 1999. The city is beautiful, the people friendly, and parks plentiful. Even as I move to Berlin, I will always have a place in my heart for Weimar. That said, I hope that Weimar finds a vision for its future: Weimar lives and revels in the past: Goethe, Schiller, and the Bauhaus. Please find something for the future—an economy based only on history does not create opportunity. Weimar is too nice a city to be lost to history.

I’ll be back!

Love,

Adam

5 comments to Auf Weidersehen, Weimar!

  • A love letter.
    On a totally unrelated subject, do you think the German lawsuit against Google is the reason there are no Street View sites for German cities?

  • nts

    …And that on my friend Tegan’s art-postcard! Beautiful. Fare well, Adam, you are always welcome to visit.

  • starman- Thanks. As for Google not having street view–I don’t know. I recall seeing some news articles on the topic, plus I think Google is in hot water for collecting some information illegally, but I can’t really speculate on why there’s no street view here.

    nts- I hope she doesn’t object. I love the postcard!

  • Katya

    Adam,
    reas this post before, but somehow never scrolled it down to read the letter. Did it now and understand hpw I feel.
    have you published a letter anywhere other than the blog? the buergermeister might need to take a look at it…

    • I only published it here — I hope he sees it one day, but I suspect that the people of Weimar love wallowing in the history of Goethe and Schiller too much to ever escape it.