The Freetown Christiania competes with the amusementpark Tivoli for the status of Copenhagen's first tourist attraction. About 800 people, organized in a selfadministered consensus democracy, live in the Free Town. In 1971, when hippies squatted the terrain and declared it a free state for alternative models of life, it was just a run down devastated military compound with vacant barracks and industrial buildings. Over the years it became a top location for developers in the posh district of Christianshavn. This revaluation brings about change and threatens the exceptional status of the Free Town.