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Ringstraße of the Proletariat


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Cover of the newspaper "Die Unzufriedene" (The Discontented Woman, a Social Democratic women`s newspaper), No. 35, August 30th 1930

There was a conspicuously high concentration of big municipal housing complexes on the Margarethengürtel; this, combined with the fact that the architecture of these buildings showed characteristics of the former palace buildings, earned for the Margarthengürtel the name: "Ringstraße of the Proletariat" (The Ringstraße is the ring road around Vienna`s traditionally aristocratic inner city, and is the show place for late nineteenth century high bourgeois architecture. The Margarethengürtel is the outer ring road around the traditionally proletarian suburban districts outside the old city center.)

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