In this Blog we present one of the last authentic places in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
The house, the people who live inside and our every day life.
If you are thinking in purchase a flat in this area, please double- check before
if somebody is living in the object of your desire.
Speaking about Berlin
Johannes Novy, one of the authors of Searching for the Just City, a book on urban planning, believes that gentrification in Berlin has come as a shock to those who are horrified by the prospect of it becoming “a more ordinary city”.
“For many years people saw Berlin [which in the 1990s had 100,000 empty flats] as a place with opportunities and enough space to move to,” he says. “When Mitte was gentrified people there felt they could move on. I think what has happened is that people no longer feel there is that space.
“That is what has turned it into a political issue. And it is touching on a different milieu. People such as teachers and those in the creative industries who are not on big salaries have become articulate about the threat.”
Andrej Holm, author of a blog entitled “Gentrification”, believes a substantial number are from the so-called “inheritance generation” and can buy into Berlin’s new chi-chi neighbourhoods by selling family property in the affluent south west. “Their work lives may not be any less precarious than many Berliners’,” he says, “but they have money and wealth in their family backgrounds.”
In Prenzlauer Berg, where a government-backed renovation amounting to €1bn ($843m) has given way to a market-driven approach, the impact of this creeping gentrification is clear. In the last two decades, more than 60% of the old inhabitants have been driven out. And a clash of cultures has ensued. Read more…
- The Observer, Peter Beaumont, Sunday 16 January 2011