Petitioning Stadtentwicklungsausschuss von Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg John Dahl and 14 others

Save Berlin's East Side Gallery from being deconstructed for luxury condos on the former "Death Strip"

The Berlin Wall, once hated by Berliners, is now a huge part of the cultural heritage of the city and of Germany. What remains of this important historical and cultural landmark is now under threat. Berlin construction investor "Living Bauhaus" owned by Uwe Hinkel started to take down part of the so called "East Side Gallery" on March 1st in order to build high-end apartments on what was once called the "death strip." Huge protests are now taking off online and through the streets of Berlin in order to protect the Berlin Wall Monument.

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When the wall originally came down, most of it was torn down and either sold or sent to museums around the world. The part of the Berlin Wall that remained was transformed into one of the world's largest open air art galleries. Scores of international artists were invited to create colorful murals on the wall and it was renovated as recently as 2009.

At first, the construction workers were stopped by over 500 Berliners asking the Mayor of Berlin to step in and protect one of the most important monuments in Berlin. On March 3rd 10.000 Berliners marched to the East Side Gallery and demanded of Mayor Klaus Wowereit:

1. The East Side Gallery and the former Deat Strip must be preserved.

2. The area between the wall, former death strip and the river Spree must not be built on.

3. The Senate and the district must implement a building moratorium.

4. The Senate and the district must report to Parliament shortly on the legal situation.

5. As far as land is still in possession of the country, the inclusion in category 4 - areas of development - must be reconsidered.

6. Negotiations should begin with the investors about a land exchange.

7. The Senate and the district must immediately arrange a comprehensive conservation law for the East Side Gallery.

8. The Senate and the district must submit full reports on these issues before Easter before the House of Representatives!

The long-outdated concept of privatization and profit maximization through compaction and development with offices, shopping malls and luxury condos to be cast in favor of a sustainable and future-oriented city planning board.

The group "Save the East Side Gallery" is asking all Berlin citizens and people around the world to take action to preserve this important cultural landmark. Sign this petition to tell Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit:

DO NOT TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!

Letter to
Stadtentwicklungsausschuss von Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg John Dahl
Deutscher Bundestag Petitionsausschuss
Ausschuss für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin
and 12 others
Landesdenkmalamt Berlin Landesdenkmalamt Berlin
Ausschuss für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung Berlin Senatorin Cornelia Yzer
Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen Berlin Finanzsenator Dr. Ullrich Nussbaum
Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin Klaus Wowereit, acting mayor of Berlin
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin Senator Michael Müller
BVV Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Berlin
Untere Denkmalschutzbehörde Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Berlin
Oberste Denkmalschutzbehörde Berlin Sigrid Kayser
Liegenschaftsfonds Berlin Holger Lippmann
Herrn Maik Uwe Hinkel Living Bauhaus, Bauherr des Hochhauses "Living Levels"
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e.V.
The East Side Gallery is one of the few original sections that has remained after the demolition of the wall. It is a historical witness of the division, a monument of history, which is listed for very good reasons. Now, parts of the East Side Gallery to be demolished. The demolition, which is scheduled for this March, makes space for 36 luxury condominiums up to 7,800 euros per square meter.

On the former death strip behind the East Side Gallery, the construction of a 14-story, 63-meter high tower is planned. The construction project is to be implemented by the contractor Vogtländer Maik Uwe Hinkel and Berlin investor who trades under the name "Living Bauhaus" but with no connection to the legacy of the Bauhaus. Instead of public housing, this creates luxury property.

The construction of a tower in the area of ​​Media Spree violates the successful vote of the citizens 'decision' SPREE SHORE FOR ALL! " by 2008 that there will ever be no skyscrapers! And: As a symbol of the division of Berlin, the East Side Gallery is a listed building since 1991!

We call on you to:

1. The East Side Gallery must be preserved.
2. The area between the wall, former death strip and the river Spree must not be built on.
3. The Senate and the district must implement a building moratorium.
4. The Senate and the district must report to Parliament shortly on the legal situation.
5. As far as land is still in possession of the country, the inclusion in category 4 - areas of development - must be reconsidered.
6. Negotiations should begin with the investors about a land exchange.
7. The Senate and the district must immediately arrange a comprehensive conservation law for the East Side Gallery.
8. The Senate and the district must submit full reports on these issues before Easter before the House of Representatives!

The long-outdated concept of privatization and profit maximization through compaction and development with offices, shopping malls and luxury condos to be cast in favor of a sustainable and future-oriented city planning board.