Redesign for Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie area sparks criticism
Checkpoint Charlie, the famous former crossing point between East and West Berlin is to receive a make over. The current situation, where tourists are tempted for photographs with fake guards has been called a Disneyland and was recently criticized by former US Ambassador Jeff Kornblum. However, the city council and the the owner of the site, a real estate developer, are at odds over what the area should become.
The real estate developer had plans to build a Hotel by the American Hardrock franchise, but they got cancelled. The city prefers a different approach to the the historically significant location. It has suggested plans which include more open space and lower buildings, and a development which includes more social housing and a museum about the Cold War.