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psaunders

www.AllAboutGermany.NET | Moving to Germany | Visiting Germany | Living and Working in Germany | Germany for Expats » The Ongoing Gentrification of Berlin - 19 views

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      Wouldn't it be better to start with this anecdote. It's got real impact. As it is, it's buried too far down and there's too much tame scene setting to start with. 
  • There’s a sort of proletarian parochialism to be found in Berlin
  • the parochial attitude of many western Berliners towards eastern Berlin
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  • I’ve been to parties and social gatherings there many times where one set of people stay at one end of the room and another -- the newcomers -- at the other end.
  • Gentrification in Berlin has now started to make itself felt in staunchly working class and immigrant Neukoelln
  • A video has recently appeared on YouTube about the phenomena of gentrification in Neukoelln
  • t that time I also had the pleasure of viewing a tiny, squalid, almost windowless one roomed apartment that had just become free for letting in Neukoelln. It had until very recently been previously occupied by a mentally disturbed alcoholic whom the police had found dead drunk on the street a few blocks further down. When the police entered his apartment they found a large collection of knives, hammers, baseball bats, knuckle-dusters, axes and other weapons scattered around the flat. When I visited the now empty apartment, these items were all still laid out on the kitchen table awaiting their removal by the police. Apparently the apartment had also by necessity just been fumigated. Needless to say, I declined to take up a rental contract with the agent for that particular property.
  • can understand some of the points he makes about the superficiality of the hipsters with their “Starbucks standards and expectations” and how they just want to party for a few years before moving on again somewhere else. But I don’t entirely agree with his point of view. Berlin needs newcomers, it needs new creativity and new enterprise. It can’t afford to stagnate and just remain a working class city in a city with little for the working class to do anymore. I find this hostility towards “Aerzte, Architekten und Anwaelte” rather parochial and narrow-minded. Why be against these people? Because they are doing well for themselves? What are they supposed to do? Sweep the streets or draw Stuetze (unemployment benefit)?
  • funny rant, critical of the newcomers and their standardized Latte Macchiato attitudes.  The video was also featured on Dutch TV recently.
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Berlin Wall, Earth Cams, and TV Theme Songs - 3 views

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    Historic pictures of the Berlin Wall plus web cams from around the world.
Thieme Hennis

Hack the City at Berlin Fablab & Betahaus - Hackidemia - 18 views

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    What to do on a maker-workshop? Here some ideas for organizers. Make music with Makey Makey CNC cut marble track Program with Arduino Illustrate your dreams Build your own microscope and test the Berlin Water Quality A video game about the city's future development Grow roots and wings with Toywheel Furniture design with a laser cutter Dancing drones (a Dronenschwarm through a Web browser program) Robots upcycled A video game about the city's future development Kids have a dream Grow roots and wings with Toywheel
ronhustvedt

Exhibit: Kennedy at the Berlin Wall - 13 views

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    The Cold War could be said to have centered in Berlin, Germany. Here are some good sources.
Thieme Hennis

OpenTechSchool - OpenTechSchool - 22 views

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    So many cool things come from Berlin... "OpenTechSchool is a community initiative offering free programming workshops and meetups to technology enthusiasts of all genders, backgrounds, and experience levels. It supports volunteer coaches in setting up events by taking care of the organizational details, encouraging coaches to create original teaching material. This material is then openly shared online and can be further developed by contributions from the global OTS community. OTS' main goal is to create a friendly learning environment where no one feels shy about asking any question. Everyone is invited to participate, whether as a coach or a learner, and get in contact to organize OTS events anywhere in the world."
Gerald Carey

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, but Germany is still divided - The Washington Post - 21 views

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    A good site show how maps of different population data can be used to compare to formerly distinct populations
Martin Burrett

UKEdMag: An Approach to Learning and Teaching by @ApraRalli - 1 views

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    "Any research based or inquiry-based project seems to work well for me. I enjoy leading the children through the process of developing a research question. It's always interesting to hear what goes on in the minds of these inquisitive learners. Last year my grade 8 (14-year-olds) were working on the impact of government systems on individual and Societies. Students took up the case studies of India and Pakistan, some of them worked on Arab-Israeli conflict, and yet another group picked the Berlin Wall and its impact on the population."
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