Three measures by the City of Berlin in the fight against Gentrification

A construction site in Berlin with view on the Berliner Fernsehturm

An article in the local newspaper Berliner Zeitung examines one of the major topics that moves Berlin: Gentrification, i. e. the transformation of urban districts into trendy neighbourhoods. The text shows three countermeasures and assesses their effectiveness.

According to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, Gentrification means “the creation of trendy neighbourhoods from shabby neighborhoods” through redevelopment. According to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, the Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain districts in the east of the city were the first to be covered with luxury renovations and expensive new buildings. Meanwhile, the Neukölln district is also affected by Gentrification, while many people still live below the poverty line.

The article in the Berliner Zeitung also points out a number of measures that are currently being used to combat Gentrification in Berlin. One measure is, for example, that the city uses its pre-emption right. The city can thus acquire land for the benefit of state-owned housing associations.

Other political forces, however, are against this so-called “milieu protection”, according to the Berliner Zeitung. The Free Democratic Party (FDP) would rather “build, build, build”, says Christoph Meyer, their top candidate for the Bundestag election.

A third measure of the city is, as the Berliner Zeitung newspaper says, the ban on misappropriation that came into force in 2014. This law stipulates that living space may not be used for commercial purposes or for the accommodation of holidaymakers without permission. However, the Berliner Zeitung points out that this measure is difficult to implement so far. One of the reasons for this is that online portals such as AirBnB would refuse to transmit the landlord data to the districts.

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