In Brief

Berlin’s Mitte neighbourhood has built up a reputation for being the city’s cultural hotspot. It’s known as the home of galleries and designers’ studios and all the independent and inspiring shops and restaurants. But the property market is putting an end to all of this.

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Berlin’s Mitte neighbourhood has built up a reputation for being the city’s cultural hotspot. It’s known as the home of galleries and designers’ studios and all the independent and inspiring shops and restaurants needed to serve and feed fashionistas and artists. But the property market is putting an end to all of this.

The renowned gallery C/O Berlin is moving out to make way for a fancy hotel complex and shopping centre – it has to leave its base in Oranienburger Strasse by March 2011. But before that another Mitte landmark will vanish. “Tacheles”, across the street from C/O, where 30 studios offer artists cheap spaces, will close down in the next few days. HSH Nordbank wants to auction off the property.

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