Tag Archives: English

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Invitation to the 16th Bizim Kiez Meeting „Bizim Autumn

What a summer! Would you believe it – it’s a good three months ago that we first met up because our greengrocer’s „Bizim Bakal“ had been given notice of termination of their rental contract, and we wanted to do something about it. Back then no-one would have imagined what a wave of indignation we would […]

Public Meeting: Bizim Workflow 2

Meeting on Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm In front of ‘Bizim Bakkal’, Wrangelstraße Our neighbourhood workgroup meetings After local greengrocer Bizim Bakkal had its contract terminated unexpectedly earlier this year by the new property owner, the community of Wrangel Kiez came together to build a campaign to protect our neighbourhood. Since that time, we have […]

Latest Information and Next Assembly on July 8

There have been a range of stories circulating in the media about the ongoing Bizim Bakkal campaign. We want to reinforce to supporters that the campaign is not over, and there is so far no guarantee that the owner of the building will renege on their commitment to terminate the Caliskan family’s contract.  On Tuesday, […]

The specter of gentrification in Wrangelkiez

About a month ago it became public that the commercial lease of an old-established grocery shop in my neighborhood, Wrangelkiez, will not be renewed by the new building owner. Despite rampant rumors, however, the decisive fact remains: „Bizim Bakkal“ on Wrangelstrasse (main street in the neighborhood) must vacate the entire ground floor by the end […]