Berlin Wall’s under threat from property developers

(Filmed on a bike ride, some months ago)

Our loved Berlin wall has been in the news this week. Built on 13 August 1961, the wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin, and falled in November 1989.
Gentrification and property developers are taking the heart of this city’s most interesting spots teared away. I’m afraid that the Berlin the we get to know and love will disappear in a few years.

I totally agree with this comment from Brenzone readed in the Guardian:

Always luxury flats … while the need is for people’s flats, standard ones. The selfishness of the bourgeoisie knows no limits, even in the depths of a recession of this magnitude. Tastelessness seems to rule as never before. God, it seems, is asleep. The misery brought about by unbridled, profiteering capitalism is set to continue. Bring on anarchy!

Web archive: Netvibes new version 23.01.2008

Recovering lost entries

Ginger es la nueva versión de Netvibes. La idea de Tariq de hacer un lector de noticias como un mecano es genial para agrupar información. Esto sumado a la versatilidad de Netvibes y su increible directorio de aplicaciones lo convierten en uno de los sitios mas útiles para mi en este momento.

En esta nueva versión se pueden crear Universos Netvibes, lo que nos permite compartir nuestras lecturas y gadgets con nuestros amigos:

He podido pillar “martin” libre para crear este Universo donde ire publicando todo lo que me parece interesante y divertido para compartir con amigos.

Berlin historical pictures

Görlitzer Park was once railway station (1867-1951)

Today I was speaking with my father and he dropped in the conversation if I have tried the “Historical pictures” mode in Google Earth. (Historisches Bildmaterial auf Deutsch)

This historical images have been collected and curated by the GeoInformation group where taken by both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States Air Force (USAF) during WWII so they could plan where to drop their bombs and do city recconaissance. It’s interesting that now can be used for a much better reason and it’s really cool that Google added them to their Earth product.

This is not a new feature, as it was rolled out in the beginning of 2009, but it seems is only available for some cities. As is for Berlin. Images are quite blurry in 1943 aerial shots, but they are quite good in 1953 and onwards. It’s interesting to see that a berlin post-war 1943 picture and how it was already partly reconstructed 10 years afterwards. At least for Berlin there is a gat of 57 years from 1953 till year 2000 where next aerial pictures appear on the map.

So if you are interested in history like me it would be very interesting to combine the Virtual Museum of Dead Places with this feature of Google Earth and make a mashup of how this abandoned structures changed over time.

Full list of cities where imagery is available:

  1. Aachen
  2. Augsburg
  3. Bamberg
  4. Berlin
  5. Bologna
  6. Bonn
  7. Bordeaux
  8. Breslau/ Wroclaw
  9. Brest
  10. Cologne
  11. Danzig/Gdańsk
  12. Dessau
  13. Dortmund
  14. Dresden
  15. Dusseldorf
  16. Florence
  17. Frankfurt
  18. Freiburg
  19. Genoa,
  20. Gottingen
  21. Hamburg
  22. Hannover
  23. Kiel
  24. Koblenz
  25. Leipzig
  26. Lyon
  27. Magdeburg
  28. Mainz
  29. Naples
  30. Nurnberg
  31. Regensburg
  32. Rome
  33. Split
  34. Strasburg
  35. Stuttgart
  36. Trieste
  37. Turin
  38. Venice
  39. Weisbaden
  40. Warsaw

Source; List taken from Historical WII Imagery nice blog check it out

Cancellation of my latest trip
Last weekend the urban exploration trip to Rüdersdorf was cancelled. It’s nice to bike in the snow but it’s crazy and quite dangerous to do it if the temperatures drop and you have the ice melting under your wheels.