Green Initiatives Defeated; Library Support Announced; KFC Comes To Basel

News For 28 November 2023

A few weeks ago we reported on two environmentally friendly initiatives which were put to a vote last Sunday. Both the "Good Air Initiative" and the "Future Initiative" sought to transform up to 5% of Basel's streets to green zones over a period of ten years.  With a total voter turnout of 45.5% voters rejected both initiatives.


Basel's Bläsi library in Kleinbasel is set to receive 820,000 francs in financial support.  The funds which will be provided by Basel's Grand Council are meant to support renovations and to improve program offerings at the library.  Specifically, infrastructure will be improved to provide easy access for those with physical disabilities, and programs targeting children and young adults will be added in the coming year.


American fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, will open a Basel branch on Steinenvorstadt near to nightlife and other fast food offerings.  The exact location will be the former site of the Rex cinema and posters for the restaurant can already be seen in the windows.  Currently, Switzerland hosts 15 KFCs and the company has announced plans to expand to 50 outposts by 2027.