Copenhagen is a thriving commercial center, and the economy is greased by a fine public transit system. Their metro is state of the art, tunneling underwater to connect major neighborhoods.
The Danes spoke for high taxes with high expectations, including a transportation system that works.
We emerge in the charming district of Christianshavn, once Copenhagen's port. Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, these buildings were warehouses. This remained Copenhagen's commercial center until the 1920's when a modern harbor was built further out.
As the port's economy collapsed, the place became a slum. Cheap prices attracted artsy types. It became trendy, and now, those old warehouses are upmarket condos.
The centerpiece of Christianshavn is our Saviour's Church with its beloved steeple, a landmark that can be seen from all over town. Its unique exterior spiral staircase rewards those who climb it with commanding views of the city.
Just down the street is the famous commune, Christiania. In 1971, several hundred squatters took over an abandoned military barracks and attempted to create their own utopia. Two generations later, those idealists are still here, defending their right to enjoy life on their terms.
Back then city officials allowed the squatters' takeover because no one cared about the land. Now this area is becoming some of the priciest real estate in town. Developers had their sights set on this land, and the very existence of the Christiania community is threatened.
Depending on your perspective, this is either a shantytown of scrubby buildings, soft drugs and dazed people, or a do-your-own-thing haven of creativity, peace and freedom.
While the main drag, nicknamed Pusher Street, for its marijuana stalls may be a bit off-putting, wander deeper into the community, and you find the real soul of Christiania.
This family has been content to live on this idyllic spot for thirty years. Their daughter was born and raised right here. Many families share this building and there is always someone to play with, just outside the front door.
How long have you lived in Christiania? I lived in Christiania for fifteen years.
Now you could live in a fancy condominium, but you choose to live here. Why do you live here? Because I have an enormous freedom. It's all about freedom. Yes, it is, it is.
So we look at it here. We have eight hundred people living here making some compromises. Yah. But still being free. Yes, exactly. A complicated challenge. It is. And, and we have our bad experience and good experience, so... But the good thing about it is that we learn.
After four decades, the Christiania community has evolved, but it's still anchored in its original concept of personal freedom.
And there is something else that I think is very important: we don't have commercial in here. No commercials. Have you seen? There is no signs, or no one buys this, buys that. No com...I wonder why... It's illegal in here.
Even in this informal community, there still are rules. While marijuana is tolerated, no hard drugs or weapons are allowed.
It's so important for a playground also for grown-ups.
- 「最先進的」- State Of The Art
Their metro is "state of the art", tunneling underwater to connect major neighborhoods.
- 「決心要得到、著眼於」- Set Sights On
Developers "had their sights set on" this land, and the very existence of the Christiania community is threatened.