Already in 2001, the Quakenbrücker city council decided to name the train station forecourt after the inventor of magnetic levitation technology.
To cut a long story short: Why the Council's resolution of 12 June 2001 was not immediately implemented did not matter, as the city of Quakenbrück held a small ceremony in the forecourt of the train station, officially renaming it, 'Hermann Kemper Square'
Brüggemann: There was no better time
Mayor Matthias Brüggemann was convinced that there could not have been a better time. "All we have to do is remind ourselves of the state of the site, which is so beautiful today, back in 2001", With its previously miserable state in mind, he sent out a memo: "The existing green space is not very attractive", was the elegant description given by management employees Heinz Eick and Gerhard Kruthoff back in 2002. Thankfully, times have changed. Today Quakenbrück boasts an "imposing and excellently renovated station building, with one of the most beautiful squares in Quakenbrück," said the mayor. This place is so prominent that it garnered the honour of being named after a great man, Hermann Kemper, the engineer from Nortrup, who, thanks to his 'ingenious inventions', made the Transrapid magnetic fast train possible.
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