nah : 06.2014 : Berlin – Alienated City (Berlin, Culture & Sociology)

For the sociologist Andrej Holm gentrification is not a lifestyle phenomenon but a process within the housing economy. It goes hand in hand with the transformation of the market economy into a market society, which vets everything, including housing, for economic efficiency. All the world’s desirable inner cities have the problem that long-term residents can no longer afford to live there since the high-income middle classes have begun to turn their back on villas in the green belt in favour of repurposing multi-storey buildings for many tenants into luxury city pads for only themselves.

via Berlin – Alienated City – Slow Travel Berlin.