Tag Archives: Kreuzberg

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

14th Meeting on the 26th of August: “Bizim Kiez Stories”

Dear neighbours and interested parties, we invite you to the 14th Bizim Kiez meeting on Wednesday, the 26th of August at 7.00 PM on Wrangelstraße in front of „Bizim Bakkal“ Kiez stories past and present Our Wrangelkiez is currently affected by an alarming number of terminations of contract and cases of displacement. This was certainly […]

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 […]