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In Berlin, a grass-roots fight against gentrification

As rents rise, tenants and the city are working to conserve neighbourhood's diverse social, cultural makeup

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Prices have soared in fashionable districts such as Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, where rents rose in the past decade by more than 80 per cent, according to data from the Empirica Institute.

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WHEN visitors want to experience this city's much celebrated "alternative" culture, they often make their way to Heinrichplatz, a graffiti-covered square in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood that for decades has been a hub for independent arts, underground night life and radical politics

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