Gentrifying Berlin

If you’ve been to Berlin as a backpacker or a student, chances are you’ve been to the “Tacheles”: one of the ruins of World War II that were left standing “as is” by the GDR and that became a squatter location after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Used by the Nazis to house French prisoners of war, over the last 20 years the building has transformed from hip and underground artist meeting point into a tourist attraction where one could still see the gritty side of Berlin. Supposedly worth around $90 million, a bank consortium is intent on kicking the artists out and selling the property to investors. Read more about it in this NYT article.


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