Frequently asked questions
How can I rent or buy accommodation in HafenCity? How green is the district? And what are the responsibilities of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH? Answers to frequently asked questions
The U4 will start operating in September 2012, initially at 10-minute intervals. Inside HafenCity, the Überseequartier and HafenCity University stops are currently under construction. In the medium term, the U4 will also make "the leap over the Elbe".
It is too early to see how the network of cycling lanes will look in HafenCity because they cannot be laid out until the buildings on adjacent private sites are completed. The transport concept provides for three sorts of cycling path in HafenCity.
Living & Working
More than 270 companies had moved into HafenCity by fall 2010. And the number of jobs provided has almost doubled in the past two years. The new city district offers the best conditions for the location of small and medium-size as well as large enterprises.
The price for rental apartments on Dalmannkai works out at EUR 12 to 18 per square meter; for housing cooperatives the price is between EUR 9 and 13.5 per sq. m. Purchase prices for apartments range from EUR 3,000 to 4,500 per sq. m, although exclusive homes close to the water may fetch up to EUR 10,000 per sq. m.
Leisure & Culture
Local supplies are already available to residents and people working locally in Dalmannkai neighborhood and its surroundings. In Überseequartier innovative outlets as well as "normal" supermarkets, drugstores, fashion and accessory shops come up since 2010.
In the new "Schatzinsel" (Treasure Island) playground 850 sq. m play space awaits them; a parents’ initiative also runs an all-weather playhouse. Up and coming soccer players are already training for Störtebeker sports club, while music and sport is on offer in the Katharinenschule premises after school.
In 2011, Hamburg will be visited by 119 cruise ships. Because so many of them make directly for the HafenCity cruise ship terminal, the problem of their emissions was already taken into account in planning of the new city district.
Concepts & Planning
Is HafenCity causing gentrification?
Occasionally the term gentrification is used in connection with HafenCity because the housing being built is of high quality and negative repercussions are feared. But this criticism is not valid.
The phrase was coined in 1964 by Ruth Glass to describe the crowding out of households from their traditional living quarters by new groups of higher-income residents who can afford to invest in the buildings, thus increasing property values in the neighborhood. This process, to be observed in the Hamburg districts of St. Pauli, St. Georg or Schanzenviertel, is not taking place in HafenCity; as the district never boasted any housing, no established residents exist to be squeezed out of their homes. Indirect gentrification in new-build areas is not evident either. HafenCity is separated by the Speicherstadt from other inner-city residential quarters and, because they are subsidized, homes close to HafenCity are better protected against increasing rents than old buildings in other inner-city locations. Direct gentrification is not to be expected because the volume of new-builds outside HafenCity within the surrounding inner city is small.
On the other hand, it is correct that a large quantity of high-quality house building is developed in HafenCity. It increases the proportion of high-value homes which is below average in the inner city and in this way upgrades the quality of social and recreational infrastructure for city-center residents surrounding HafenCity.