against gentrification

Gentrification, the double-edged sword. At the beginning it makes the neighborhood (=Kiez) cool. Then it kills it with SUVs, too many wine bars and the disappearance of bakeries, normal supermarkets, haberdashery and Kneipe. Have a look to YGG

Still I guess that there are well-equipped Kiez in Berlin, who will not let the developers turn them into social deserts like the Parisian Marais. In the 90s it was fabulous and a little bit seedy, now it’s sanitized and desertificated. At 8pm cardboards are piled in front of the boutiques, and that’s it.


check out the Guardian’s article here


2 Responses to “against gentrification”

  1. 1 Antoine February 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

    It’s sad but Berlin is quickly losing its soul. I know many people who are considering to leave, I just moved myself to Hamburg, which offers a great quality of life and better job opportunities. I think investors should be very careful : they are killing the city’s atmosphere, it’s attractivity which was the reason for the real estate boom of the last two years.

  2. 2 stripedcat February 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Hi Antoine
    it was for this reason that we bought in Berlin…the Kiez atmosphere, neither hip nor trendy, the green areas, the bike-Ubahn combo.

    But we are equally concerned, some areas have become definitely schicki-micki and have priced out residents. We’ve seen this happening in London, in Paris, in Rome too.

    We noticed rotation of residents out from Prenzl’berg and into the SouthWest, especially those with kids who faced long waiting lists for schools.

    But I agree with you, I would never live in Mitte, Prenzl’berg or Kreuzberg, they are becoming too similar to the Marais.


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