Astonishing East German Renovation (36 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       15 Mar 2012       58416       33

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 8 year s ago
Nice. The "after" photos would have been better in colour.
       
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samthesham 8 year s ago
Free market economy in action...
       
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Samjatin 8 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 8 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 8 year s ago
money talks
       
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orendadude 8 year s ago
Do all towns improve if you get rid of Russians?
       
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notafurfag 8 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 8 year s ago
Get rid of the socialist and things improve tremendously.....Maybe the US should try it
       
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Snake Plissken 8 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 8 year s ago
why are all the houses white?
       
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Neko 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 year s ago
1992 was several years after the fall of the wall and communism.
       
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Snake Plissken 8 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 8 year s ago
oh the over-simplification is just painful. ugh.
       
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johnson 8 year s ago
astonishing? where? its like that all over europe.
       
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Enter your name 8 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 8 year s ago
capitalism didn't do that to detoit, blacks and union thugs did
       
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Chicod 8 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 8 year s ago
no, it means companies make decision instead of the public at large.
       
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Ubruni 8 year s ago
Look, in #12 they even cleaned up that old lady.
       
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ledouche 8 year s ago
Looked better before.
       
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Peanut 8 year s ago
Great job!
       
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viktor 8 year s ago
mmm, why didn't they demolished all those crappy buildings and built new ones from scratch?
       
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PoPo 8 year s ago
Next...Detroit!
       
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Z 8 year s ago
Its because of the nice old architecture victor
       
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viper 8 year s ago
WINNING !!
       
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Ball 8 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 8 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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Sangam 8 year s ago
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