<art nerd alert>
I find this city edgy. Edgy like when it still was a concept difficult to grasp. Like when your art professors tell you your work is "edgy" because it's good beyond trendy and too raw to fit in. Berlin still feels like that, but it also feels like it's changing fast.
East Berlin seemed stuck in time for a few decades with its modest monochromatic architecture and hole-in-the-wall joints, but now you can see new buildings going up all over the place and corporations like Mercedes Benz taking over huge amounts of land. #GentrificationHappens
You can enjoy the East Side Gallery in between the dozens of cranes and construction sites, but will it still be a public landmark in 10 years? There are neighborhood pockets where you can find affordable street markets, small food joints and even family owned hipster cafes, but this city all my artsy friends want to flee to seems to be following in the US's gentrifying steps.
Gentrification is a process of renovation of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of the influx of more affluent residents. This is a common and controversial topic in politics and in urban planning. Conversations surrounding gentrification have evolved, as many in the social-scientific community have questioned the negative connotations associated with the word gentrification...
Note the word "deteriorated," used to justify the colonization of neighborhoods and the displacement of their residents for the sake of profit.
Urban art is vanishing from the streets, but there's still plenty of art galleries and alternative art spaces to visit. Let's hope this cultural hub doesn't allow big corporations and banks to erase and colonize. Just in case, if you are privileged enough to travel, go to Berlin NOW and unclog your senses.