'Creative Class' Could Fuel Berlin Boom

A new study ranks Berlin at the top for social tolerance, tech development, and talent, suggesting it's poised for a boom driven by the creative class

Every city has its ups and downs, some more extreme than others. Berlin was divided by a war, with the West heavily subsidized for decades after industry fled to other parts of the country and the East artificially propped up by a Communist regime. After the fall of the Wall, the job market collapsed with soaring unemployment rates on both sides of the city. Attracted by dirt cheap prices, though, creative types in recent years have been flocking to the city. Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's mayor, recently made headlines by describing his city as "poor but sexy."

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