IN THE NEWS: Berlin's Tempelhof Airport to Close

No Rescue, Yet, for Airport That Saved Berlin

New York Times

By Michael Kimmelman, Published: May 20, 2008

BERLIN — Sometimes you can read a city though a cultural landmark. Tempelhof Airport is Berlin’s open book.

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic, American-led airlift to supply the besieged capital, the mayor is going ahead with plans to close the airport by year’s end. How sad. A last-minute campaign by his political opponents to save it through a citywide referendum late last month won a majority, but not enough Berliners turned out to make the vote official.

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