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Swimming with gargoyles: how a single building tells the changing story of East Berlin

As rents rise and hipsters parade down the so-called "casting alley," one building is restoring a past sense of community

By J.A. Hopkin  

For many years, Berlin has been an affordable European capital where you can indulge in a unique spirit of art and anarchy. But that spirit is disappearing, and quickly.

Despite the city government’s 2016 pledge to regulate AirBnB, the company boasted 700,000 Berlin bookings last year. This has put pressure on  a rental market that was once the best value on the continent, meaning that a culture where sharing and…

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