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Neighborhood

Neighborhood in anthropological terms is defined as “territory,” something controlled by an individual group, or authority.

Colorful, blinking neon signs, attracting passer-by to enter to the shop, loud music and smells circulating in the air, reminding of a homeland-style bakery, butcher shop, street-food or pastry shop. Among the others we may find there mostly cheap restaurants, imbiss-type promoting local Albanian / Kosovo cuisine.

 

Some of the spots are open bar/restaurants in typical traditional-modern style, just as they function in the place of origin. Postmodern, kitschy furniture associated with traditional Albanian symbols, very unsophisticated design with a lot of tightly arranged tables.

 

The question that may be posed here is how a neighborhood, such as Little Albania and Neukölln-Nord correspond to the urban landscape of of a dynamic and changing city. Urban structure with a composition of small-scale and small-town-like streets and backstreets suggest alternative frameworks of the urbanization process, where references and measures adopted in the central part of the city, such as Mitte or Ku’damm are nor primary or dominant over the neighborhood model.

 

Here the most important is vitality, migrant economy and practice of self-employment as an effective basis for community development. Attraction and interest to the neighborhood encounter financial benefits. Migrant economies often embody shared values, address crucial needs, and provide those involved with economic and political skills that can be applied in other areas of life.

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