Berlin: poor but sexy in a crisis
March 17, 2009
Yet the economic problems began more than a decade ago. The financial crisis has made it worse, but Berliners think up ways to overcome the depression and live happier with less money in one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals
This big supermarket branch in Alt Tegel had to close down
The Pankow district has a recycling centre called Kunst Stoffe. Leftover materials from companies are gathered and distributed
as resources to create art and culture.
Even though Berlin offers few jobs (unemployment is at around 14.5%, double the German average), it is a magnet for European artists. As the openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has termed it: 'Berlin is poor but sexy'.
Many Berliners already know that on Tuesday afternoons there is a free concert at the hall of the Berliner Philharmonie in the Tiergarten district
Others decide to sell some books in the subway station
During the conference 'capitalism: the end?', organised by the German
association Attac, Thomas Dürmeier gives a talk about alternatives to
'Do you have any travel tickets that you no longer need?' Many travellers support ticket resales in this little black market
A t-shirt designer has turned the 'the world crisis' into a memorable motto: 'the world is gonna make it' at this shopfront
Berlín y la crisis: “Pobre pero sexy”
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