Tag Archives: gentrification

The Berlin way of urbanization

“Germany’s capital, known for its grit, grunge and groove, is having growing pains as it adjusts to its new position as a global city. In a four-part series, Handelsblatt Global editor Grace Dobush reports on Berlin’s quest to avoid becoming another overpriced playground for the nouveau riche, like San Francisco, London or Paris.” Quelle: Handelsblatt […]

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  (www.lorezmag.com) 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 […]

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 […]

STATE ENEMY NO 1 – the Berlin counter-culture legend fighting eviction

Hans-Georg Lindenau’s ‘corner shop for revolutionary needs’ has evaded attempts to close it for 30 years – now gentrification could succeed where the senate failed For more than 30 years, M99, Berlin’s “corner shop for revolutionary needs”, has equipped the German capital’s alternative scene with requisite attire, reading materials and hardware. The semi-collapsed shelves of […]

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 […]