Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Berlin


Beyond the contemporary mystifying writings in mass media on this town aiming to attract visitors, Berlin is at first a real place: a conglomerate of economic struggles, education issues, post-industrial phenomena, country’s political capital, geographic axis of Eastern Europe and the “West”. It is too, a real place of local and international bohemians including well-established and emerging artists, pre and post-university relaxation seekers, European academic exchange program students, fashionistas and at the same time a beloved place for designers, IT-specialists, architects, musicians and researchers.

Specific areas of the town have been transformed in short periods from just residential into residential plus artistic/bohemian and creative professional. The district “Prenzlauer Berg” is the prototype. Being an affordable place for students and emerging artists in the early 90th, in which they moved in considerable quantity from west Germany and later from all over Europe and Americas, in order to live there. Prenzlauer Berg began to change its demographic face and spatial color and more deeply its social structures at late 90th by the subtle migration of new creative professionals and prolonging stay of those former students of city’s universities and art, acting and technical schools. The mix mad it: middle age entrepreneurs in conventional branches, start-up youngsters, real estate old sharks, emerging artists, physicians, handcraft people, lawyers, theatre, TV and cinema actors and finally “just living” bohemians. That’s Prenzlauer Berg today.

As Richard Florida mentioned once, there is no contradiction having family friendly, biologically regenerative atmosphere and a creative, gay and bohemian culturally regenerative surrounding in the same place. This area is showing clearly the benign and fruitful culmination of birth per capita index and bohemian index. The natural proximity of talent and productive forces within a tolerant and open “Kiez” (German word for a specific area) makes it worth to be here.

Sent by Harun from Berlin

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