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What Housing Organizers in the U.S. Can Learn from Berlin's Re-Socialization Campaign

More than half of Berlin voters approved a non-binding referendum to resocialize a quarter-million apartments. What can housing organizers in the U.S. learn?

October 20, 2021 - Next City


How Global Cities Are Working to Electrify Transit

With the transportation sector accounting for a third of urban carbon emissions, cities around the world are seeking new ways to electrify their transit fleets and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

October 18, 2021 - The New York Times


Berlin Voters Want to Expropriate 240,000 Apartments

A potentially watershed vote in the German capital.

September 30, 2021 - The Washington Post

Building Trades

New Market-Rate Housing Lowers Rents for Everyone, According to New Research

A study published by a German researcher adds ammunition to the cause of improving housing affordability by legalizing and building new supply.

December 15, 2020 - City Observatory


Real-Time Art Installation Reveals the Many Dimensions of Data

Using a wagon filled with phones, an artist in Berlin demonstrated the disconnect between data and the real world.

February 19, 2020 - Vice

Berline, Germany

Berlin Caps Rents as Anti-Gentrification Measure

The capital city, known for its artists and party scene, is aiming to reduce gentrification by capping rent prices for a period of five years.

February 3, 2020 - The New York Times

Sports Utility Vehicle

The Case for Banning SUVs

Global SUV ownership is skyrocketing, with consequences for carbon emissions and traffic safety. A few voices are now calling for bans on the large vehicles.

October 26, 2019 - Fast Company


The Free Public Transit Debate

The pros and cons of fare-free transit involve a range of issues, from operations logistics and outcomes to costs and fiscal priorities.

July 25, 2019 - Pedestrian Observations


Berlin's Transit Future Just Got Even Brighter

Berlin is committing to a huge investment in its public transit infrastructure. Kiwi-living-in-Berlin author and lawyer Leah Hamilton writes about it.

June 18, 2019 - UrbDeZine

East Berlin

Berlin Plans Massive Investment in Rail

A new Transit Master Plan will spend approximately €2 billion a year on tram, rail, and bus improvements.

March 4, 2019 - CityLab

Delay Sign

Op-Ed: 'Public Mood' Has Turned Against Cars in Cities

A survey of recent planning decisions demonstrates that cities are no longer necessarily looking to more and bigger highways to solve their traffic problems.

May 4, 2018 - The New York Times

Germany Capital City

Housing Prices Growing Fastest in Berlin

Housing prices soared in Germany in 2017, but one city outpaced the world.

April 13, 2018 - Quartz


Friday Fun: These Boots Are Made for Transit

Ok, they're sneakers, not boots, but a new shoes available in small numbers in Berlin will double as transit fare for most of 2018.

January 12, 2018 - CityLab

Bikes and Train Station

Berlin Unveils Transformative Bike Plan

The German capital could see a new system of cycle superhighways, an expanded bike lane network, and more by 2025.

January 1, 2018 - CityLab

Self-Driving Bus

In Europe, Self-Drivers Focus on Augmenting Transit

Unlike the American focus on luxury personal self-drivers, the European approach favors small self-driving buses that can ferry riders to larger transit lines.

May 31, 2017 - The New York Times


European Cities Forcing Airbnb to Play by the Rules

European cities have taken a proactive role in regulating Airbnb.

January 4, 2017 - Quartz

East Berlin

What Happened When Berlin Tried Rent Control?

Enacted in 2015, Berlin's "Mietpreisbremse" ordinance limits rent increases on some (but not all) apartments. According to this study, results have not been ideal.

December 3, 2016 - City Observatory

DJ, Knaack Club, Berlin

Berlin's Underground Techno Scene Is Being Gentrified Out

As Berlin's neighborhoods continue to gentrify, the buildings that once housed the city's bustling underground club culture are being redeveloped.

March 22, 2016 - Citymetric

Hackney Empire

How the Built Environment Shapes Music

From Motown to grunge, techno to hip hop, modern music came to life in garages, living rooms, churches, and warehouses. Urban design has been instrumental to what we listen to every day.

February 15, 2016 - The Guardian Cities

East Berlin

Berlin Moves To Protect, Expand Affordable Housing

Berlin's Senate has approved a sweeping reform of the city's housing policy, limiting rents on close to 400,000 public housing units to no more than 30 percent of a household income.

November 16, 2015 - CityLab

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