Hand Land

Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.

Politikerhände - Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Streetphoto by Stefan Klenke).

Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).

Streetphoto of a Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

h Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetart Hand on Rubbish Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Why do we always lose just one glove? – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of poster for the Lepra Lebt campaign - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Street Photo of a Sign Language Street Art on the back of a traffic sign (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke

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Fight the System!

Grafitti on a Berlin Neukölln house saying: “Our quarter - our streets“

Translation: Our quarter – our streets (Berlin, Neukölln) Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) - Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) – Photo: Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as: “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Fight the Capitslism!“ (Berlin, Treptow, Sonnenallee) - Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as “Fight the capitalism!“ – Photo by Stefan Klenke

I just heard on the news that the rents in Berlin increased by 70%(!!!)  in the last 10 years. The price is now around 10 Euro per square metre when it was just around 6 Euro a decade ago. The reason for this incredible rise according to the news was the increase in population. I was disgusted to hear this. I think the real reason is a system that supports greed and profiting on the needs of human beings. The system allowed house owners to raise and raise the rents without a healthy limit.

 New Berliners who moved from other cities and countries where they already were used too expensive rents willingly accepted to pay those “still relatively cheap“ Berlin rents while the less fortunate poorer Berliners were pushed out of the city centres to the cheaper borders. 

In a popular city  like Berlin there will always be people who would still be able to pay for way too expensive rents. But still the problem is the system who failed to build cheap social housing and instead decided to cash in and build luxury expensive apartments for renting or buying and did not introduce an effective rent cap – and created another gentrificated unfair unequal city. This system is called Capitalism.

So grey – so colourful

Streetart and advertising posters at trainstation Berlin Neukölln by Stefan Klenke

Berlin Neukölln – Colours like no other.

It’s a really grey and boring looking day today that’s why I was happy to see this colourful mix of street art and advertising posters at S-train station Neukölln this morning. Happy Friday, everyone!!! 😍😊

Peace and Love for 2017!!!

 Photo Smily of street art in Neukölln, Berlin

Smily street art in Neukölln, Berlin

Street art photo of mailbox full of Peace and Love (street art in Panierstraße, Berlin Neukölln)

Mailbox full of Peace and Love (street art in Panierstraße, Berlin Neukölln)

 When we look at the news today we might easily believe that humans are just about war and destruction. And some even think it would be best to erase humans off the globe. Well I strongly believe the world is what we want it to be and that we must remember that most people want peace and love. We must not give in to fear and hate.

 It starts with every single one of us. Try to be nice to people around you. Try to improve the world with a smile, by planting a tree, making art, writing some music, donate money to people who protest and peacefully fight for our rights and our planet or join them, try to eat less meat, don’t buy a fossil fuel car, switch off lights you don’t need, do not buy plastic crap you don’t really need, boycott evil companies like Nestlé, Monsanto, Bayer or Shell, hug people more often, do not buy cheap clothes from places like Primark or bottled water that was transported thousands of miles.

Ask yourself, when you die – what have you done to make this world a little bit better? 

I wish you loads of Peace and Love – not just for 2017.

Street art photo of a piece of the former Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Piece of the former Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

Neukölln stay(s) dirty!

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Having lived in Neukölln a few years I can confirm that it is in many areas a dirty place. A part of me feels it adds to the charme and undergroundy authentic vibe of the more and more hip district in the South West of Berlin. Another part is sad and angry that people chuck their rubbish everywhere disrespecting our environment. 

 The writing “Neukölln bleibt dreckig!“translates as “Neukölln stays dirty!“ I see it occasionally written on walls in the city; sometimes with Berlin, Kreuzberg etc. instead of Neukölln. I understand it as a angry cry for people who are scared of gentrification which is “cleaning“ up more and more areas and making the rents go up and up and thus taking away the home districts aka Kieze of people who cannot afford to live there any longer. 

Graffiti “Unsere Viertel - Unsere Straßen“ - “Our quarter - our streets“

“Unsere Viertel – Unsere Straßen“ – “Our quarter – our streets“

The question is if these writings will in any way stop the gentrification or if it adds to the area being seen as cool and undergroundy and therefore attracts even more rich, boring people who want to feel cool and undergroundy.