Property Development Threatens Berlin Garden Colonies


Mario trims ivy that completely covers the cottage in the garden he... NachrichtenfotoBaugewerbe,Berlin,Bestof,Deutschland,Efeu,Ehefrau,Erwachsene Person,Finanzen,Frauen,Geschäftsleben,Horizontal,Kulturen,Landhaus,Themengebiet,Topix,Urbaner Garten,VermischtesPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: Mario trims ivy that completely covers the cottage in the garden he and his wife Monika have leased for the last 30 years in the Oeynhausen Small Garden Association garden colony on August 29, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. At the Oeynhausen colony about 300 of its 438 gardens are currently threatened by real estate development, as are about another 24 colonies across the city. Berlin has about 900 garden colonies that are owned by the city and that provide urban dwellers who don't have land of their own the opportunity to maintain a garden and escape the stress of urban life. Berlin is currently undergoing a housing squeeze and city authorities are beginning to sell some of the colonies to developers, which has caused outrage in a city where the colonies of small gardens are a deep-seated tradition going back over a century. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)