Good evening,

at the end of a day when the prime ministers met in Berlin and decided, among other things, that the sale of firecrackers and fireworks will be banned on New Year's Eve, there are other interesting things to report:

Jacqueline Vogt

Editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung, responsible for the Rhein-Main section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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New scope

: In Hesse, the building of apartments is made easier. According to FAZ information, the coalition in Wiesbaden has agreed that the state government will issue several statutory ordinances that should simplify and accelerate the creation of living space in areas with a tight housing market. 49 municipalities in the metropolitan area are currently classified as areas with tight housing markets, including the large cities; they are the same ones to which the rent brake already applies. The planned new ordinances, which are expected to come into force in the first quarter of 2022, include a special right of first refusal for municipalities, options for exemption from the requirements of a development plan in favor of residential construction, a building ban and a new regulation prohibiting the conversion of condominiums into rental apartments.Rainer Schulze reports and comments in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung. Brief preview of his assessment: The project can satisfy voters of all kinds.

Less parking space

: Like the Oeder Weg, the Grüneburgweg and the Kettenhofweg are to become bicycle roads in Frankfurt. After a four-hour, controversial and very emotional debate, the responsible local council decided on Wednesday evening with the votes of the Greens and the FDP. In the case of the Grüneburgweg, a so-called diagonal barrier was discussed particularly fiercely, which is planned between Eschersheimer Landstraße and Reuterweg and is intended to make today's through traffic - up to 7000 vehicles a day - impossible in the future. Not everyone is happy about something, as always: The CDU in particular had fought to respond to the sometimes massive protests by tradespeople and a number of residents in Grüneburgweg and to completely preserve the existing parking spaces on Grüneburgweg. She couldn't get her way.How to proceed with this project, which has a lot of potential for excitement: traffic expert Mechthild Harting reports.

Increased costs

: Wiesbaden modified the plans for the new Ostfeld district. Above all, the intention to develop the Ostfeld as an “energy plus district” makes the matter more expensive than planned, and to a considerable extent, reports our correspondent Oliver Bock. So far, the city has reckoned with expenditures for planning, development and public infrastructure including financing costs of 632 million euros. This amount has now increased to 680 million euros. On the other hand, the city only expects revenues of 567 million euros from the sale of the land, the financing gap widening to 113 million euros. The resolution on the statute of the urban development measure was politically controversial; once these figures are announced, the discussion is unlikely to fall silent. What it is all about:About development versus maintenance of open spaces - as everywhere where there is little space.