Astonishing East German Renovation (36 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       15 Mar 2012       62646       33 GALLERY VIEW

Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm took these pictures of East Germany in the early 90s, soon after the German reunification, when much of the buildings had yet to be rebuilt. He returned ten years later to take photos of the same locations, and found them completely transformed for the better.

 

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Credits:  www.spiegel.de




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Mr Dali 10 year s ago
Nice. The "after" photos would have been better in colour.
       
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samthesham 10 year s ago
Free market economy in action...
       
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Samjatin 10 year s ago
Well to be precise it was 1.3 trillion € (1.9 trillion $) from the western part of Germany that paid for that.
       
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Enter your name 10 year s ago
No, it wasn't paid by western part of germany, this is 1.3 trillion Euro in new debts. Those have to be paid by all Germans.
       
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ptpie 10 year s ago
money talks
       
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orendadude 10 year s ago
Do all towns improve if you get rid of Russians?
       
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notafurfag 10 year s ago
silly furfag, money is the real catalyst here. women weaker? would love to see your weak ass give birth
       
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oldpaths 10 year s ago
Get rid of the socialist and things improve tremendously.....Maybe the US should try it
       
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Snake Plissken 10 year s ago
Agreed! In California this process is in reverse thanks to senile Governor Jerry Brown the uber-left state legislature.
       
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daglicht 10 year s ago
why are all the houses white?
       
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Neko 10 year s ago
There is a certain white house in the US that is in need of renovation, and of new tenants!
       
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DarkDvr 10 year s ago
Yeah, I hear that a site for Empire State Building 2,000 years ago was just a forest with a cave.
Amazing what capitalism is capable of.
       
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Don 10 year s ago
About picture #9. Was it really possible to have graffiti in communist territory? That strikes me as odd.
       
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Geoff 10 year s ago
1992 was several years after the fall of the wall and communism.
       
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Snake Plissken 10 year s ago
Was it really possible to have graffiti in communist territory?

As long as it is in the style of Socialist Realism.
       
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Enter your name 10 year s ago
oh the over-simplification is just painful. ugh.
       
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johnson 10 year s ago
astonishing? where? its like that all over europe.
       
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Enter your name 10 year s ago
#33 to #34 actually looks like it's worse. And, yeah, I agree with comment #11, this is a bit of an oversimplification. Not saying Communism was a good thing, but I could have done a before and after of what Capitalism has done to Detroit. To me Capitalism is not a virtue. Freedom of choice is, which is why I'm against Communism.
       
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Robotic Farm 10 year s ago
capitalism didn't do that to detoit, blacks and union thugs did
       
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Chicod 10 year s ago
Capitalism is freedom of economic choice. It does not mean everyone succeeds, it just means you make choices on how to allocate your wealth, or energy, instead of the government.
       
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Enter your name 10 year s ago
no, it means companies make decision instead of the public at large.
       
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Ubruni 10 year s ago
Look, in #12 they even cleaned up that old lady.
       
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ledouche 10 year s ago
Looked better before.
       
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Peanut 10 year s ago
Great job!
       
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viktor 10 year s ago
mmm, why didn't they demolished all those crappy buildings and built new ones from scratch?
       
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PoPo 10 year s ago
Next...Detroit!
       
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Z 10 year s ago
Its because of the nice old architecture victor
       
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viper 10 year s ago
WINNING !!
       
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Ball 10 year s ago
Detroit? Free market capitalism? Don't make me laugh!

Detroit is the CLASSIC example of central planning
       
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Neill 10 year s ago
Play them backwards and you will see what America will become if the progressive/democrats have their way.
       
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