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Today two more photos I have kept in my archive for a few years without finding any reason to post them. I think the Corona crisis has changed many members' attitudes to old photos.

In June 2017 I spent a few days in Berlin. Most evenings I took the Metro (U-Bahn) away from the centre to cosier districts where the nicest resturants were found. I am almost sure that today's two photos were taken in a district in the former East Berlin called Prenzlauer Berg.

Prenzlauer Berg escaped the bombings towards the end of WW2 and was left fairly untouched by the East German authorities. The area became popular with intellectuals, artist and musicians because the rents were low in these buildings with few modern comforts.

After the reunification of Germany – and Berlin – in 1990 this area started to attract young, hip persons from other parts of the city. Renovations started and the prices of apartments were slowly going up.

When I visited Prenzlauer Berg in 1997 I saw its great potential. I noted that the often dilapidated buildings were basically quite beautiful and elegant. Usually the ground floors had been renovated and filled with trendy shops and restaurants, while the upper floors looked much the same as they had probably done in 1945.

When I returned 20 years later the entire district had been thoroughly renovated and there were trendy restaurants, bars and cafιs everywhere. Most students and artists had probably been forced out by rapidly increasing costs, and the district was now filled with well paid, well educated people who seemed to be careful to protect the bohemian character of the area.

I found it a nice place but preferred the more gritty appearance of some other districts, like Kreuzberg, which had retained a more ethnically diversified character.

About this photo I have little to say. Just a young family resting in a small park. I liked the atmosphere – and the graffiti, in this case not very pretty but typical of Berlin.

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An even nicer photo in the WS.

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