I originally took this photo simply because the contrast struck me at the time.
A gap in the original Berlin Wall, and then a high-rise condo building. Who could have imagined this years ago when the wall was still fully intact and patrolled by soldiers?
Then I went home and read about the building. It turns out that vandalism isn’t the biggest threat to the East Side Gallery, but instead, it’s developers.
Many Germans turn out to protest development in the area but this particular developer managed to secure a permit and remove an almost 20-foot portion of the wall in order to start building. A hotel has also gotten a building permit right next to it, though no date for construction is set yet.
It’s an ongoing struggle, to preserve this piece of the city’s history as progress marches forward. Mercedes-Benz Arena is right across the street, and it’s hard to picture the divisiveness of the wall as it was with large modern structures towering on each side. Still, I hope those standing strong can manage to preserve it and I consider myself blessed to have seen it.