Berlin Wall Section To Make Way For Development


Kani Alavi , Chairman of the East Side Gallery Artists' Association,... News PhotoBerlin,Berlin Wall,Bestof,Business,Chairperson,Community,Competition,Construction Industry,Cultures,Development,Finance,Former,Germany,Grounds,Horizontal,Hotel,Human Interest,International Landmark,Long,Mural,New,Standing,Talking,Thierry Noir,Topics,TopixPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 28: Kani Alavi (2nd from L), Chairman of the East Side Gallery Artists' Association, talks with Arno Paulus (3rd from L), a local real estate development opponent, and Thierry Noir (R), the artist who painted the murals visible behind, while standing next to the East Side Gallery, which is the longest still-standing portion of the former Berlin Wall, close to where a new hotel is scheduled to be built on February 28, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports the developer in charge of the project plans to remove an approximately 25-meter long piece of the Wall and transfer it elsewhere in order to allow access to the construction site. Critics, including East Side Gallery mural artists and Spree River embankment development opponents, decry the move, citing the East Side Gallery's status as a protected landmark and a majortourist attraction. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)