MediaSpree / Urban renewal, but for who?

 

Mediaspree is one of the largest property investment projects in Berlin. It aims to establish telecommunication and media companies along a section of the banks of the river Spree as well as to implement an urban renewal of the surrounding area. Promoters saw in this project a great opportunity for the former East Berlin. Really?

Do the ”Ossies” agree? With the program MediaSpree, some of the most popular free spaces along the Spree’s riverside are condemned. These alternative bars, beach areas and parks are so much part of their air and Berlin’s soul. For that reason, 30.000 people (An overwhelming majority!) voted in a referendum against Mediaspree and its gentrification plannings in 2008. But nothing happens…

So what are the main points taken into account in an Urban Program?

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