Berlin, Barcelona, and the Struggle Against Gentrification

Berlin, Barcelona, and the Struggle Against Gentrification

This post is also available in: Italian Gentrification is a concept that comes from the English word gentry (high bourgeoisie). It is a process that happens in all cities with rapid economic development such as Paris, London, Barcelona and Berlin, the last of which is known as a young, creative and emergent metropolis. But the reality is that Berliners are struggling against gentrification. When the Berlin wall fell, the eastern suburbs of the city were virtually empty. Many citizens of the former GDR left their homes to go to work to the West. At that time, young people, immigrants, punks and artists moved into those empty blocks where no one wanted to live. They created a sub-culture that nowadays is what attracts people. It also creates a symbolic and an interesting brand which is used by local governments as a tourist attraction. So now, everyone wants to live in the t...

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