Berlinale interview: Su Friedrich

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Cry me an East River

So, I didn't get a chance to see the film yet, but from what this interview implies, Ms. Friedrich has a very narrow view of gentrification and its nuances. She seems to abdicate any responsibility for being an integral part if the early waves of gentrification in both 11211 and Bed-Sty, yet holds wealthy families that hop onto the tail end of the process personally at fault. Where is the reflexive meditation on her own privilege and conferred advantage gained after the acts by banks to concentrate foreclosures in disadvantaged areas?

I wish that an artist (/activist?) in her position would engage in a more thoughtful discussion about the steps involved in a neighborhood's transformation. I mean, can't we move out of the tired good-guy/bad-guy rubric to better understand the policies and political maneuvers that allowed rezoning, skyrocketing property taxes for poorer homeowners, and the silencing of community input?

I also seems disingenuous to imply that long term residents were happy living in a neighborhood that had the highest incidence of gun violence and failing schools in the early 1990s. Seriously, who was she talking to that grew up there?

Most importantly — what can we Berliners do to ensure that residents in our transforming cities are not forced out of their Kiez when urban planning is done in semi-obscurity?

Jeremylefou more than 4 years ago

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