Gentrification in Berlin and beyond

Some of the photos you posted on the blog feature anti-gentrification graffiti, but erasing a piece of street art can also make a powerful statement, as the case of this Kreuzberg mural demonstrates. As we discussed in class, gentrification is a global problem, but it doesn’t work in the same ways everywhere so it is crucial to pay attention to the local contexts. Where in Berlin can you afford to live? Would your presence in that neighborhood render it more “colorful“? Check out this visualization of AirBnB’s expansion in several cities and read here about queer protests against the actions of “brogrammers and ‘Beckys who techie'”.

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