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The “Markthalle 9” – It’s about diversity, inclusion, transparency in dealings and justice – Aldi stays

My name’s Giles, I’m English and have lived in Berlin for 26 years, 16 of them here, next door to the Markthalle 9. I live from teaching, translating and conducting art & music projects with the local community and, when that isn’t happening, from Harz IV. When I read of the new owners’ plans for […]

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 – […]

Zalando Site: Everything Must Go

Fashion Giant Snaps up a Bargain for Itself Zalando is a market-leader in online clothing retailing in Germany. Already headquartered in Berlin, it has now announced it is building a major facility on a riverside site in the middle of an urban residential neighbourhood in Kreuzberg. The weekday influx of thousands of office workers is […]

Bantelmann’s Stays – but is it a Sell-Out?

Plan B for BBB At the centre of the Wrangelkiez neighbourhood – aka Bizim Kiez – stands Bantelmann Betriebe Berlin (aka BBB) – by the skin of its teeth. The homeware and household goods store is the latest success story of the local neighbourhood anti-gentrification and displacement initiative. But are the family running the shop also […]

Berlin residents reject Google Campus

Google wants to build a “start-up campus” in Berlin’s sought-after Kreuzberg district. The city’s mayor is delighted, but local residents fear for their rent, their livelihoods, and the area’s unique character. Google has decided it has found a new place to settle. If all goes to the tech multinational’s plan, an electrical substation-turned-concert venue in […]

Sticking up for Hans Georg – Further Eviction Update

H.G.’s future secured from May 2017 – but he’s still facing eviction and homelessness Berlin winters can be cruel   Collective efforts have managed to achieve the seemingly impossible in finding alternative new premises for Hans Georg Lindenau, proprietor of M99, the “general store for revolutionary supplies”, from the end of May 2017.   His present landlord was insisting on his eviction […]

Sticking up for Hans Georg – Eviction Update

  All together with H.G. – we won’t be forced out   This week saw a significant development in H.G.’s eviction case – in an eleventh hour move pre-empting a court decision on whether Hans Georg’s forced eviction could be legally blocked on humanitarian grounds, the landlord accepted the first part of an eviction settlement […]

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 […]