Berlin born and bred Ben Klock became the latest voice on the ongoing debate about the negative effects of the gentrification of Berlin.
The matter came to light following a video rant by a Neukoln bar owner, made a year ago, that recently went went viral. (see below) The individual argued that wealthy, international “fucking artists, students and layabouts” were both driving up property prices and ruining the traditionally bohemian feel of the city.
Senior Berlin journalist Jochen Hung called the claims “odious and misdirected”, claiming rising property prices were from speculative investors, not incoming residents. He did however concede that the video had become oddly popular and that it was becoming increasingly normal to hear “Posh kids from the (UK) home counties discussing their nightly exploits and stylish Swedes sipping espressos.”
International DJ and local ambassador of the Berlin scene, Ben Klock disagreed with the video claims when approached by local press. Whilst noting that rent was indeed on the rise, he argued that Berlin doesn’t “have to stay the same as it always was”. Klock went on to argue that in fact, “When I was young… I always thought it was such an old and boring city. There were a lot of old people and nothing really going on. I’m quite happy that Berlin is open now.”