Enjoying Water in a Fragmented City: The Rhine–Herne Canal as a Mirror of a Changing Society

Frank Eckardt
2020 Public Governance  
Objectives: This article aims at increasing the knowledge on how cities are changing by processes of post-industrialism. Research Design & Methods: The article reviews the historical process of the use of water in the Rhine-Herne canal and the surrounding city of Gelsenkirchen. Findings: The article shows that the canal has regained significance to people. However, depending on the social status, the canal means something different now. For the urban poor, it is again a place for refreshment
more » ... free swimming. For the middle class, it is a popular spot for dining out and acquiring a sense of maritime atmosphere. Implications / Recommendations: Water in post-industrialism requires a socially differentiated understanding. Contribution / Value Added: The article contributes to a critical review on contemporary urban planning policies regarding water.
doi:10.15678/zp.2020.54.4.04 fatcat:5mrj5xu5rbafpkg3rs6kx23ws4