Tag Archives: Bizim Kiez

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 – […]

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 […]

Bizim Kiez Street Meeting – Childcare Centres, Schools and Families under Threat of Displacement 12th October, 6.00 – 9.00 PM

Bizim Kiez Street Meeting – Childcare Centres, Schools and Families under Threat of Displacement 12th October, 6.00 – 9.00 PM THREATS OF DISPLACEMENT TOWARDS CHILDCARE CENTRES, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES? More and more educational institutions in the neighbourhood are coming under pressure: Childcare centres: alongside overloaded staff and a lack of capacity there is also displacement […]

On the Ground: Local Demonstration in Solidarity with H.G. Lindenau and M99 General Store for Revolutionary Supplies

On 7th August a large number of people gathered in support of Hans Georg Lindenau of 99 Manteuffelstrasse, Kreuzberg, to demonstrate against his impending forced eviction two days later. It was inspiring to move out from Heinrichplatz into the blazing warm Kreuzberg sunshine as part of a co-ordinated and effective display of neighbourhood solidarity. In […]

Offshore investment funds exploit Berlin’s housing shortage

British offshore investment fund Taliesin has told tenants in one of its Berlin buildings it is raising rents via energy-saving renovation. Critics say Berlin property has become an “Eldorado” for financial speculators. “Deutsche Welle” article online A British offshore investment fund, set up specifically to exploit Berlin’s property market, is using unnecessary refurbishments to boost […]

theguardian: Is the gentrification of cities inevitable – and inevitably bad?

Jeanne Haffner / 16th of january / theguardian Since the term was first coined in 1960s London, gentrification has come to be regarded like a law of nature or scientific fact – but now some communities are finding ways to challenge the familiar stereotypes Whatever one thinks of his subsequent political career, Sanders’ efforts in […]

THE DISTRICT HAS TAKEN UP ITS PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHT OF PURCHASE!

JUST AS IT NO LONGER SEEMED POSSIBLE, THE RIGHT RESULT CAME THROUGH AT THE LAST MINUTE It was literally at the last minute yesterday that, over several sittings during the day, the stops were finally pulled out in the struggle to get a result for the apartment building and tenants at number 66 Wrangelstrasse, who […]

Berlin social housing winning the residential race

As house and rent prices soar out of the reach of many in Australia, Berlin provides an illustration of how things can be done differently. Reading the Australian news from Berlin earlier this year, I had to laugh when Tony Abbott said that fast-rising house prices were a good thing. Or when Joe Hockey advised […]

Bizim Kiez October Meeting: Wednesday, 14th October

We must not go on tolerating displacement! Displacement often happens quietly, and without attracting attention to itself, since those threatened are not always strong enough to fight back. Each of us would prefer his or her home to be a place of peace and quiet, because home needs to be a safe space and a […]