My beloved Berlin

R.I.P. Liebigstrasse 14

Berlin, what is happening to you?

It’s like watching a dear friend, one you got into plenty of trouble with when you were younger, slowly lose her spirit bit by bit until she just goes with the flow, her hopeful strut turned into a resigned shuffle.

Every time I read about how Tacheles is closing down or C/O has to move or another squat (or even a former squat) has been evicted because the landlords want to renovate the space for the yuppies, I feel sad for Berlin.

In this latest episode surrounding the eviction of Liebigstrasse 14, things got violent because it’s about much more than just this one building and its inhabitants. The soul of the city is at stake.

Is Berlin for the rich or is Berlin for the rest of us?

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~ by Valerie Palmer on February 6, 2011.

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