A popular notion these days seems to be that Berlin will be like Manhattan or London in 30 years, i.e. too expensive for anyone but bankers and art dealers, and with a correspondingly squashed subcultural scene. Do you agree?
AH: The specific routes forward depend on political legislation and so on. But all the breaks within Berlin’s urban structure, those that have traditionally allowed political mobilization and confrontation, and open public discourse, will no doubt ensure that Berlin will develop in another way. I cannot prophesy the direction of course, but the city certainly has the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other cities.
Source: The Berlin Reader: Q&A with Andrej Holm