And here is the next construction site from Berlin-Spandau: Something is happening at the old Gutstor on Lake Glienicke. This is a run-down landmark on the Ritterfelddamm in Kladow, where 10,000 cars roll past every day. But the archway has been scaffolded and covered for a week. The DIN A4 construction sign on Ritterfelddamm only says cryptically “monument protection”. Is the “Spandau Gate” being renovated? That was now the subject of the Spandau newsletter from the Tagesspiegel, which reported on it. The full length of the newsletter is available at

On the other side there is a beautiful counterpart: the “Potsdamer Tor”, which was renovated in 2006: here is a photo.

So I radioed building councilor Thorsten Schatz, CDU, in the town hall – and suddenly the story in the Tagesspiegel newsletter for Spandau got an unexpected twist: it’s about improving the footpath and cycle path, which was a topic here two weeks ago. The street has really nasty cobblestones. An improvement for pedestrians and cyclists has been discussed for years: here is the whole story in the Tagesspiegel. The car traffic itself rolls between Kladow and Potsdam over another, slippery road.

“With regard to a possible improvement in the road’s drivability, a monument preservation report was also commissioned for the registered garden monument on Gutsstrasse,” Schatz explained to me. The listed “Berliner Tor” is also part of the investigation. “Therefore it was scaffolded so that the monument conservators can examine the gate system for a good week – after that the scaffolding is gone again.”

The Glienicker See is also a topic in the Tagesspiegel, after all the traffic chaos at the problem bathing area Moorloch is enormous. Traffic signs and roadblocks are also ignored by drivers – here are photos, plans, protests. A BVG bus does not run along the shore to the two bathing areas (although one is easy to reach on Ritterfelddamm). You can read the two ideas for the BVG line and what City Councilor Schatz says about them here in the Tagesspiegel.

[Here are more topics that you can read in the current Spandau newsletter from the Tagesspiegel]

By the way, in our newsletters from Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Spandau, Tempelhof-Schoeneberg and of course in all other district people newsletters from the Tagesspiegel, you can find out about the birthdays of friends, life partners, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, business partners etc. or congratulate yourself with a few nice words. Write to our authors, whose e-mail addresses you will find in the newsletters.