A few interesting links

10 Mar

Just for fun / interest’s sake:


Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Linklove


4 responses to “A few interesting links

  1. Carnivore

    March 10, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Regarding East Germany before and after, I can attest that it was that bad. It became even more obvious shortly after the Wall came down and renovations started. You’d have a single sparkling, renovated building sitting amongst decayed ones.

    A few things that stuck in my mind – you’d think that East Berlin, being the capital, would have been completely renovated after WWII. It wasn’t the case. There were major public buildings which still had extensive war damage (pock-marked exteriors, collapsed roofs and upper stories) in the 1980’s. The royal residence in Dresden was still in ruins with the roof being only a skeletal remain in parts but post cards on sale had completed roofs air brushed into the picture.

  2. Will S.

    March 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    That essay is a fascinating study. I felt a bit mixed about some of the results, in that while Communism there certainly allowed old buildings to rot and decay, when they were renovated and fixed up, they were in many cases almost completely unrecognizable, which was sad, in some ways. But on the whole, I certainly still think the changes post-Communism there are on the whole positive.

  3. electricangel1978

    March 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Berlin is fascinating. So is Dresden, where the largest church of Protestantism in Germany has been restored. The reason Berlin is the model for the 21st century: they had no ability to build suburbs in the West, and no money in the East. So they rebuilt a modern, suburb-less city. It’s a delight, walkable, modern, with just enough old stuff rebuilt to reflect that glamorous 19th-century city that we blew to bits in the War.

  4. Will S.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Interesting. I’d like to see Berlin, one day.


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