At the turn of the 18th century, the Prussian authorities sought to establish stronger ties between Poznań and the capital city of Berlin. To that end, they launched the development of a district intended to be the precursor of a new Prussian town. The district was originally envisioned to house Prussian officials and military men. Yet, in time, Poles moved in as well. Its new urban fabric was initially open ended with numerous parks and other landscaping features. Planted with trees, Wilhelm Street became Poland’s first city promenade modelled on Berlin’s famous Unter den Linden.