For four years, Münsterhof is without a car. Since then, fewer people are in the square in the center of Zurich, complain merchants. "In recent years we have lost 30 percent of our turnover," complains Manuel Wiesendanger. He runs a home business in Münsterhof.
The city of Zurich knows the problem. In order to counter this trend and to attract more people to the square, during the summer months, two years of funding is provided for temporary art projects. For example, a Polish artist who built his studio at Münsterhof or a large tide that secured shade for a few weeks. This year, the city of Zurich wants to carry out a similar project. According to the dealer's information, a garden will be set up in Münsterhof for three weeks.
Traders in Münsterhof have been together for a long time. The president of the association is Canton CVP Lorenz Schmid, who leads a pharmacy in Münsterhof. He slowly loses his patience, says: "The Münsterhof has been out of the car for four years, the city of Zurich has to go, ready to finish!" Schmid also knows exactly what Münsterhof will be: an antistress site, a place worth staying, an ambitious cultural offer.
The place must also visually change. Traders struggle for fixed trees. The city sees problems here. "Many lines of underground work make it difficult to plant trees," says Evelyne Richiger, a spokeswoman for Stadtzürcher Tiefbauamt.