Berlin votes to keep park pristine

AFP-JIJI

Voters in the German capital on Sunday rejected plans for a large-scale property development on the former Tempelhof Airport, which has become a popular inner-city park.

Early results show almost 65 percent of voters rejected development plans proposed by city authorities. Tempelhof, measuring 300 hectares, is located in the middle of the capital.

Early in the Cold War, the airfield was the site of the Berlin Airlift, when Allied planes made around 277,000 landings to supply the western part of the war-ravaged city with food and fuel during the 1948-1949 Soviet blockade.

The city had proposed building around 4,700 apartments, homes and commercial spaces, as well as a large public library, sports fields and a lake, that between them would cover about 20 percent of the field.