Berlin Tenants Reclaiming their City
- November 5, 2021
City & Commons
This is the story of the movement for housing justice in Berlin — one of Europe’s most vibrant struggles to secure a city for all.
Within a few years, Berlin went from being an affordable city to facing a crisis of displacement. After years of massive privatizations, large financial investors now dominate the housing market, and rents have skyrocketed. But Berliners aren’t giving their city up without a fight.
To read more on the topic, check out the following essays:
Berlin renters organize to expropriate the mega-landlords
Thomas McGath, November 2019
Berlin’s spatial dynamics and organized working class show how to secure liveable spaces and combat the financial nature of housing: socialize them.
Berliners vote to expropriate corporate landlords
Thomas McGath, September 2021
Berlin’s referendum to expropriate corporate landlords is a watershed moment for rental politics and a rare win against international real estate capital.
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