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It takes eight years in Berlin to develop


Plenty of space for new apartments: The Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin
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Berlin has a lot of free space, but housing construction is simply not getting going. It’s not just the authorities.

SThe sky is brilliant blue, and the wind blows cold over the Tempelhofer Feld. Pedestrians and cyclists are generally on the move, exemplary in keeping with the required minimum distance, children make first attempts at driving on roller skates, and kite landboarders carry out breakneck exercises with their sports equipment. It cannot be overlooked: Even in Corona times, many people frolic on the area of ​​Tempelhof Airport, which was closed in 2008, and enjoy the vastness of the park, which is over 300 hectares in size.

But the Tempelhofer Feld is not only a paradise for recreational athletes, it also raises the question of how Berlin deals with its property reserves. The city has been growing steadily for years, and according to the latest population forecast, a further increase to a good 3.9 million inhabitants is expected by 2030. Accordingly, apartments, office space and commercial space have become scarce. At the same time, the number of approved apartments fell last year by seven percent to 22,500.

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