The names of streets are a city’s way of remembering the great and good that navigated the twists and turns of urban society past. The signposts stand as reminders of those who went before.
In Zürich’s District 4, a neighborhood that has recently emerged from troubled times, the street markers remind us of eras past, and keep the living in touch with their historical urban counterparts. For the most part, the experience is in passing, walking the dog or peddling to work. In finding your way, you may muse upon an unfamiliar street name, which, for the very curious, may even elicit a wiki search to help fill out the city’s history.
Which brings me to a particular street in District 4, Herman-Greulich-Strasse. Hermann Greulich is a name which has faded for many in Zürich, but he was an important person in his time, and his influence can still be felt today.