Category Archives: gentrification

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

“Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from some lawmakers and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives. The company, as part of its extensive search for a new headquarters, […]

Monster on the Streets of Kreuzberg, Berlin!

November saw an eery monster galavanting through eastern Kreuzberg, a district long faced with the destructive problem of displacement of local people and businesses. The monster was arresting enough, but more impressive still were the hordes of enthralled candlelit children thronging through the streets in its tow. Parents and other adults also took part – […]

Saving the last cheap rents in the West

The magazin “Ex-Berliner” about the situation: “The district everyone associates with Ku’damm bling and Savignyplatz bohème is also home to some of Berlin’s most affordable working-class neighbourhoods… but perhaps not for long. Franziska Helms talked to the Charlottenburgers who are fighting big money to stay in their Kiez. Ultimately, she thinks that the new landlord […]

In Berlin, a Grass-Roots Fight Against Gentrification as Rents Soar

Over the past decade, people have poured into Berlin, attracted by its relative affordability, cultural wealth and anything-goes spirit. But now the city is trying to regulate what has elsewhere proved to be unstoppable: gentrification. Under pressure from a growing grass-roots movement, the city authorities have put into effect a slate of measures, including rent […]

Filou, the little bakery is being forced to close by London based owners. #FilouBleibt

A story written by Natalie Holmes  ( she is living on the corner since 8 years Gentrification and the “Berlin Spirit” #FilouBleibt I live in the middle of a bubbling pool of gentrification. Some of its effects are worrying; some, I’ll admit, are welcome. But this latest move feels personal. Filou, the little bakery opposite […]

The »Taliesin speculator« cookie – a recipe for displacement

The »Taliesin speculator« cookie – a recipe for displacement 13th December @ 7PM – 11PM How profits are cooked up on the financial markets out of housing shortages: the international connections between tax avoidance and displacement. This month’s Bizim Kiez meeting and rally will not be out on the street, but indoors, in Watergate (watergate […]

European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City

Cities across Europe are crumbling and being reconstructed to suit the vision of our elites. Banks and private finance are reaping profits from buildings in every context, whether because they are old or because they are new. This ‘regeneration’ keeps money in an area, and people out of it. The state tends to pour money into the […]

Sticking up for Hans Georg – why we really need M99 to stay

7 August, 4PM, Heinrichplatz, Kreuzberg In case you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, meet Hans Georg Lindenau, proprietor of the “revolutionary supplies“ shop M99, named after its address at no. 99 Manteuffelstrasse, Kreuzberg. Together Hans Georg and M99 are a uniquely symbiotic and irreplaceable Berlin institution, offering positive impulses and strategies for pushing […]

One-stop shop for urban revolutionaries battles closure

The Financial Times published an article about HG/M99: »M99 is a one-stop shop for the urban revolutionary. For the last 30 years, Germany’s hard-left activists have gone there to stock up on the tools of their trade — gas masks, cans of pepper spray and black balaclavas. M99 is unique, says the rambunctious shop manager […]