Public space claims to address different user groups and offer them a wide range of possibilities. However, the research area between the Siemens-Nixdorf-Steg and the access at the Aspern Bridge faces increasing eventization and commercialization over the last few years, which can affect the availability and quality of public space. Such a development bears the risk of short and long term occupying of public space for a specific purpose. This may have a strong influence on existing user groups of a specific area and in the particular case of the Danube Chanel the users of the second district. The Danube Canal is, especially, for this target group an important part of the living environment. This study uses socio-spatial survey methods such as urban district inspections and structured interviews to investigate the effect of these developments on the appropriation behaviour of the target group. The assessments show a controversial picture. On the one hand, almost all respondents see the upturn of the Danube Canal very positive, while on the other hand a strong desire for more green spaces in the urban centre is expressed. In addition, seasonal and temporal displacement tendencies become increasingly visible due to the heavy pressure of use and have negative effects on particular uses and user groups.