From the wall to four walls

Mauerpark gentrification? au secours!!! Let’s hope this side of Berlin remains messy and fluid, and not a neat row of pretty boxes! There are already so many houses built in Berlin which only ask for a coat of paint (and yes, new plumbing, the removal of the odd paper-thin post-war dividing wall), why building more?

20 years on, a street recalls the Berlin wall

by William Boston on Sphere

BERLIN (Nov. 6) — Astrid Kaiser still trembles when she remembers being frisked as a child by Red Army guards at the fortified border on Bernauer Strasse, where communist East Germany first began erecting the Berlin Wall on Aug. 13, 1961. “They even searched my doll carriage,” says Kaiser, now 58. “I still feel uneasy walking on the eastern side.”

As Germany celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, this street in its former shadow sums up the mix of pain, hope and nostalgia the wall still inspires. Urban change has erased many of the last vestiges of the Wall, but here a battle still rages between preservationists and real estate developers.

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1 Response to “From the wall to four walls”

  1. 1 squiniaunsurb November 27, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I’m often searching for new blogposts in the WWW about this matter. Thankz.

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