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Wow. Terrific post, Jarrett. That little double-row of bricks pattering through the city is to me more stunning than any other remnant could be. What better illustration of the way Politik cuts randomly, ruthlessly, through the lives of ordinary people?


Good views Jarrett (literal and otherwise) especially (for me) that nexus of Government buildings, a kind of bureaucratic staple between the two sectors. Did you get a sense of healing?

Jarrett at HumanTransit.org

Yes, but not forgetting.  And the healing leaves scars.


"The healing leaves scars." Incredible sentence there, Jarrett.

This post is one of the most interesting essays about a city I've ever read. It reverberates with new learning every time I go back over it.

Thanks. And happy new year.



What an interesting and useful tour of some of Berlin's new and old architecture. I very much like how you emphasize the ways in which the path of the Berlin Wall now meanders through a cityscape that's doing its best not to take it into account.

J.D. Hammond

While Berlin is certainly postmodern to my mind, I can't necessarily compare it to Los Angeles except in its polycentricity. The kind of violence that LA has experienced is very different from Berlin's - mostly a Western story of water and power, rather than the machinations of raw power itself.


I think this post would welcome a revisit once you've also experienced more of the town centres within Berlin - Schöneberg, Friedrichshain (where a large portion of the wall still stands), Kreuzberg, Neukölln - these really reinforce the feeling of Berlin as a city ripped apart and shoved back together again, with beautiful things happening at the seams. It truly is my favourite place in the world.


X. Yes, I explored most of the districts you mention. But premodernist that I am, I needed a focus, which is why the absences at the center took my attention. Thanks for comment.

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