Västra City today - City Hall in the background might be eclipsed

A More Liveable City?

Architecture is a field that is often met with deep mistrust in Stockholm, especially when pushed by the capital's city planners. Many older Stockholm residents are still reeling from the demolition of the city center in the 1950s and 1960s, an architectural rebirth justified by the Social Democrats' desire to build a new, modern Sweden.

Some look at this tumultuous history and say that the city center should be preserved as much as possible, while others think that a more … constructive healing process is in order.

In the first of a two part series on the architecture of Stockholm's city center, Radio Sweden's Linda Nyberg takes a look at why the plans for the new city district of Västra City have aroused such extreme criticism.

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