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  • Lovely article – thank you! I especially like that you are pointing out that Berlin is denser than our densest city, twice as dense as New York City, and that it achieves its density gracefully. I had lived in Berlin before, and I concur. The amount of open space available to Berliners inside their city boundaries is noting but amazing, and the buildings are mostly simple, and the urban space – for that life between buildings – is simply great.

    And most of this would be impossible and often illegal to do in the USA.

    Lastly, Berlin is the location for three of the world’s great urban renewal projects, called “IBAs” . The first one was in 1957, then one in 1987 and the newest one was supposed to be in 2020, but the now conservative local government stopped it. I wish America would pay attention how so much can get done in so little time, and apply similar methods over here in LA.

    Thank you again!

    July 22, 2016 at 9:56 am

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