Local != local (or how not to position urban renewal projects)

Earlier today on the A-train Saturday morning we paid a brief and very disappointing visit to De Hallen, a new multi use space constructed in a former tram depot in Amsterdam west. The entire complex, which is still under construction, is nestled within a dense residential neighbourhood, next to a daily street market. Once fully operational it will contain restaurants, a food hall, shops and workspaces, a branch of the municipal library, a bike parking and yet another upscale hotel. The concept…

Living la vida loca on Helmholzplatz...

On saturdays there is a small and – due to the lack of clientele – pathetic food market on the street right in front of our place in berlin. when it started about a year ago it still had many more stalls then nowadays and one of them was offering a ‘juppy menu’ (referring i guess to the acronym for young urban professionals) that consisted of currywurst, cole-slaw, french fries & champagne: As far as i can remember the stall lasted for 4 weeks or so. By now there are way fewer stalls (someth…