Somebody fire Berlin’s urban planner….

Early this morning, a stretch of the Berlin Wall, part of the East Side Gallery, was dismantled in order to make way for the construction of a luxury high-rise building. After angry protests earlier this month, construction was halted, but the developer apparently got tired of the endless negotiations and decided to move forward with his plan. Of course, the construction workers did this at 5 a.m. this morning with 250 police officers there to watch over them…

Artist Kani Alavi, the head of the East Side Gallery's artists' group, stands at the 6-meter-long gap in the Wall. "I can't believe they came here in the dark in such a sneaky manner," Alavi told a reporter for the Associated Press. "All they see is their money, they have no understanding for the historic relevance and art of this place."

Artist Kani Alavi, the head of the East Side Gallery’s artists’ group, stands at the 6-meter-long gap in the Wall. “I can’t believe they came here in the dark in such a sneaky manner,” Alavi told a reporter for the Associated Press. “All they see is their money, they have no understanding for the historic relevance and art of this place.”

According to The Guardian’s article:

Plans to remove part of the near-mile-long section sparked protests amid concerns the developers were sacrificing history for profit.

This seems to be a recurring theme in Berlin these days.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on March 27, 2013.

One Response to “Somebody fire Berlin’s urban planner….”

  1. Reblogged this on lexigblog.

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