Property Development Threatens Berlin Garden Colonies

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A sign at a garden and cottage at the Oeynhausen Small Garden... News PhotoBerlin,Business,Construction Industry,Cottage,Cultures,Finance,Germany,Grounds,Horizontal,Human Interest,Reading,Research,Urban GardenPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: A sign at a garden and cottage at the Oeynhausen Small Garden Association garden colony reads: 'Locust Plague In Schmargendorf! 300 Gardens Threatened!' in reference to real estate developers on August 29, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. At the Oeynhausen colony about 300 of its 438 gardens are currently threatened by real estate development, as are about another 24 colonies across the city. Berlin has about 900 garden colonies that are owned by the city and that provide urban dwellers who don't have land of their own the opportunity to maintain a garden and escape the stress of urban life. Berlin is currently undergoing a housing squeeze and city authorities are beginning to sell some of the colonies to developers, which has caused outrage in a city where the colonies of small gardens are a deep-seated tradition going back over a century. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)