Posts Tagged 'gentrification'

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


The pros and cons of Neukölln

Türkish für Anfänger-style hype or “unreachable by positive trends”? An interesting article on Neukölln by The Local…for more info (on the pros and cons) check out Toytown and IOL forums.


Neukölln, beyond the hype

Published: 20 May 09

Despite the buzz that fuelled the resettlement of the young and hip in Berlin’s Neukölln district, the area is still light years away from the gentrification of the city’s trendy eastern areas.

Low living costs haven’t just drawn cool types: they’ve attracted lots of poor people as well, adding to the existing social misery. Exberliner Magazine explores what Neukölln really is: colourful melting pot or Hartz IV ghetto? Continue reading ‘The pros and cons of Neukölln’

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