Tuesday, 16 June 2009
this past weekend in berlin
The photo above shows an overgrown park in a Turkish area not far from the Berlin wall. Parents chat on the balconies of their apartments so they can keep an eye on their children playing below.
As you can imagine, the fall of the communism and the reunification of Germany had a big effect on what buildings where abandoned, what land/areas where desirable, and what is desirable and high in value now. It's pretty complicated and I am just starting to get my head around it. Squatters rights are a big deal here, and the various groups of squatters have unified to ensure more political power. Many of the people we know are very pro squatter.