Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2015

Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shortage of residential housing. A sharp increase in tourism and the popularity of renting private apartments is exacerbating a serious problem. By Ann-Kathrin Nezik in Berlin more... Comment ]

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

As collaborative consumption becomes increasingly mainstream, many young Germans are starting to see vehicle ownership as inconvenient and old-fashioned. Keen to keep up, the auto industry is turning to car-sharing. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

Welcome to "Frau Gerold's Garden," a leafy urban oasis in Zurich made out of shipping containers. Such temporary hipstervilles, which combine trendy shops with food, music and urban gardening, are popping up all over the world -- but also priming the areas for development and gentrification. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]

Too Picky: Is Germany's Apartment Shortage a Myth?

Too Picky: Is Germany's Apartment Shortage a Myth?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

For Chancellor Merkel and her opponents, the housing shortage in many German cities is becoming a campaign issue as elections draw closer. Often, though, it is picky renters who are to blame for the problem: They're only willing to live in trendy neighborhoods. By Guido Kleinhubbert more... Comment ]

Nazi Slogans: Has Berlin's Gentrification Feud Gone too Far?

Nazi Slogans: Has Berlin's Gentrification Feud Gone too Far?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2013

It may have begun as a joke, but with the adoption of slogans used by the Nazis, an ongoing feud pitting long-time Berliners against newer residents from southern Germany may have crossed a line. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Rental Disobedience: Resident Groups Combat Spike in Evictions

Rental Disobedience: Resident Groups Combat Spike in Evictions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2013

Skyrocketing rents in many German cities are pitting residents against real estate developers and landlords. The recent death of an elderly woman forced out of her apartment has emboldened alliances to protest evictions with sit-ins. By Alexander Tieg more... Comment ]

Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

Stasi Suspicions: Berlin Wall Developer's Past in Question

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2013

Maik Uwe Hinkel, the controversial investor behind the luxury apartment complex that has displaced parts of Berlin's East Side Gallery, is a staunch socialist. There is also evidence that suggests he may have been a spy for East Germany's notorious secret police, the Stasi. By Sven Becker and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Missed Opportunities: Berlin's Architectural Wasteland

Missed Opportunities: Berlin's Architectural Wasteland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2013

Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's mayor since 2001, has watched his city become one of world's coolest artistic meccas. But under his guidance, the city has devolved into a backward-looking architectural wasteland in which urban planning only favors the rich. By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Luxury Condos: Protesters Block Dismantling of Part of Berlin Wall

Luxury Condos: Protesters Block Dismantling of Part of Berlin Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2013

In 1989, the crowds yelled for the Berlin Wall to come down. But, on Friday, hundreds of protesters stopped workers from dismantling part of the longest remaining stretch of the Wall so that a luxury apartment complex could be built. more... Video | Comment ]

Forced Out: A Berlin Family's Eviction Sparks Violent Protest

Forced Out: A Berlin Family's Eviction Sparks Violent Protest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2013

Violent protests broke out in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood on Thursday after a Turkish family was forced to leave their apartment for refusing to pay higher rent. Cars were set ablaze and demonstrators scuffled with police. The long simmering conflict reveals continued tension over the city's rising rents. more... Comment ]