Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Can cool Berlin survive gentrification?

“Just over a decade ago, Berlin’s mayor declared the city ‘poor but sexy’, a reputation that helped attract innovative and creative businesses.

But now, with its fortunes rapidly changing and the gentrification this brings, is Berlin in danger of becoming a victim of its own success?

Its population has been growing fast, and in the past five years so have rents, pricing some local residents out.”

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