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East-side Story

East-side Story
East-side Story
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Humpty and Dumpty sat across the Wall, which had an incredibly great fall and shook the world, but Humpty and Dumpty have not been able to put their act together again. East is still east and West is still west for the twain has met only on the surface and no one is really satisfied. Billions of euros have been pumped into the reconstruction of the East after reunification, with Berlin being described as the prime construction site of Europe. And yet, housing in the new settlements in the East looks like a child’s brightly coloured Lego fantasies while so many of the elegant homes in the exclusive parts of the West are reminders of the old imperial Berlin. It was East Berlin, which suffered the worst of the 1945 blitz and was reconstructed with the depressing egalitarian architecture of the post-war era. West Berlin was also badly hit but retained much of its character and went on to match the best in the world in its architectural modernity. Despite these still glaring contrasts, young working-class westerners talk of moving to the East because rents are lower and prices of daily...
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