University towns: Freiburg
|View from Schlossberg, above the city of Freiburg|
College and university towns are special places, often with a more progressive feel than the surrounding areas, whether they're famous public university cities (like Berkeley, Ann Arbor, or Cambridge) or small college towns in the southern United States. I've lived in both sorts and now live in an eclectic, progressive southern city not particularly defined by its small university and local college, but which nevertheless has the feel of one.
|View from Schlossberg|
It's striking to be in Freiburg, home to one of Germany's oldest universities. It's the epitome of a progressive European university town, with a strong claim to being the most environmentally-friendly city in Germany, with a push toward solar, encouragement for biking, green attitudes, etc.
Visiting Freiburg's citizen service center outside the Altstadt found us marveling at its architecture: on the south and western sides of the building, the wooden panels are replaced by solar ones. Remarkable.
|Freiburg's citizen service center|
|The corner bike shop|