In the city of Portland (my hometown) gentrification has affected the city at an even more alarming rate. When I was growing up, Portland was filled with all sorts of strange people who weren't strange because in Portland being strange is being normal. In recent years, this "weirdness" has been capitalized on, in particular from shows like "Portlandia" and by individuals who have relocated to Portland. The phrase "Keep Portland Weird" is not one that any person actually from Portland would say. Now, instead of harboring the weird, Portland and the demographic who consider themselves weird no longer have
In a city like Berlin which is so easily accessible and diverse, gentrification likely blooms. The Wall is a prime example of this. Initially, Berliners wanted the Wall torn down for what it represented. But in later years, there was a push to commemorate the Wall, which begs the question did Germans who lived in Germany during this time of conflict actually later want to commemorate the Wall? Or was the flow of tourists and those not native to Germany enough to cause this shift in thought? This hearkens back to what kinds of indivudlas and groups is German identity actually inclusive of?