Jena-Lobeda is the largest district of Jena. The latest brochure No. 15 of the series of publications on urban development of the Department of Urban Development and Environment of the City of Jena deals with this district. Christian Gerlitz, head of the urban development department, would like to take this opportunity to thank Bettina Kynast, who has been responsible for Lobeda for many years, for her outstanding commitment to this district. Thanks to her commitment, a large number of the projects presented in the brochure could be realized. The publication of the brochure was also in her hands. On almost 100 pages, the changes in Lobeda are vividly presented.
The Jena-Lobeda district was created in the 1960s as an urban expansion for approx. 48,000 inhabitants. At the turn of the century, almost half of the inhabitants of Jena lived in Lobeda. The big social changes after 1990 brought the biggest cuts especially for the district Jena-Lobeda. In the last 20 years, the district of Lobeda has undergone fundamental renewal thanks to the many different plans, projects and urban development programmes. Houses and apartments have been renovated, streets and paths have been redesigned, local transport has been converted to environmentally friendly trams, the motorway has been given a green cover and the residential environment has been upgraded.
This large number of projects has helped to keep the district lively and the number of inhabitants stable in recent years. The residents appreciate the reasonably priced apartments and the good infrastructure.
The decisive impulse for the turn from the reviled prefabricated concrete slab area to the green university district came at Expo 2000: With the complex redevelopment of Quarter 1, the creation of attractive schoolyards and a city square, and the redesign of the Saaleaue, a development was successfully initiated that ultimately led to a change in image. Gerlitz emphasizes the importance of the decision to relocate the university hospital to the Lobeda district in a future-oriented manner. This made it possible to develop a modern hospital complex and to create an economic and scientific focus for Lobeda.
In addition to the construction projects and measures, the brochure with its many photos also gives an impression of the development of the social and cultural infrastructure in the district. Nowhere else are there so many associations that organise events together.
For those interested, the brochure is available from the Lobeda District Office and the Urban Development Service. It is also available online.