“Pankstrasse” (Berlin U-Bahn)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Pankstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U8. It was opened on October 5, 1977 (Rümmler) with the line’s extension from Gesundbrunnen to Osloer Straße. The station’s name derives from its location: It sits under the intersection of Pankstraße and Badstraße.

The actual spelling of the station’s name is under debate. The German orthographic rules call for the spelling “Pankstraße”, but the signs inside the station spell “Pankstrasse”.
Like the station Siemensdamm (Berlin U-Bahn), the station is constructed as a “Multi Purpose Facility”. It is prepared and partially stocked to be used as a NBC shelter. It is specified to sustain 3339 people for 14 days.”

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This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.
This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.
This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.
This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.
Do you recognise this building?
Do you recognise this building?

Here you can find an impressive list of Berlin U-Bahn stations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Berlin_U-Bahn_stations

Berlin-Wedding and Travel to Scharnweberstrasse

I copied the following from the Wikipedia. Five years ago Peter and I lived for four weeks in this area. I must say we felt quite at home there. People were all very friendly. We liked the diversity of people and the many different shops and eating places. And it was also very much to our liking that everything seemed to be very affordable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_(Berlin)

 

“Today, Wedding is one of the poorest areas of Berlin, with a high unemployment rate (almost 26%). Almost 17% of the population live on social welfare; 27% live below the poverty line.[1] Foreigners make up 30% of the population.[2] Low rents accompany the poverty in Wedding so, like many inexpensive areas in large cities, it is home to a vibrant artists’ community. Many galleries have been founded by artists to provide a space for themselves and their peers to show their work.
Wedding has so far not experienced the boom and gentrification of the 1990s in Berlin. Unlike many other 19th-century working class districts like Prenzlauer Berg, the original character of Wedding has been mostly preserved. However, more recently more and more students and artists move to Wedding due to still lower rents as mentioned above and fairly high level of life quality. As a result some new, more bohemian cafés and clubs opened, organic food stores and markets are established, an urban gardening project has successfully started and high-brow galleries discover that area.[3][4][5][6] It is still said though to be a place to find the Schnauze mit Herz (big mouth and big heart) of the Berlin working class.

Along with Kreuzberg, Wedding is one of the most ethnically diverse localities of Berlin. The multicultural atmosphere is visible in the bilingual shop signs (predominantly German and Turkish or German and Arabic).
In recent years Wedding has seen a significant influx of African people. Wedding is also home to an East Asian community, mostly from China, which is reflected in many Asian and African stores and restaurants. As of 2011, the ethnic make-up of Wedding was 52% of German origin, 18% Turks, 6% Sub-Saharan Africa, 6% Arabs, 6% Polish, 5% former Yugoslavia, and 4.5% Asian.”

 

In 2010 we lived in Bastianstrasse that is near Pankstrasse. The nearest U-Bahnhof (underground station) was PANKSTRASSE.

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At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.
At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.
This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.
This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.

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This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.
This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.

From Wikipedia:

“Scharnweberstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U6. It was constructed by B. Grimmek in 1958. Due to the extension of the U6, the trains had to go above ground after Kurt-Schumacher-Platz station. Soil for the embankment on which the line is built came from excavations for the U9, which was being built in parallel. As the trains had to go above ground, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), who operate the Berlin U-Bahn, had to install windscreen wipers on the trains.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharnweberstra%C3%9Fe_%28Berlin_U-Bahn%29

Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse
Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse
Ilse has the Bus Stop in fronket of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.
Ilse has the Bus Stop in front of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.

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Ilse's apartment in in this building.
Ilse’s apartment in in this building.

 

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This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.
This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.

Back to Wedding I wanted to show the church in Pankstrasse which is one of the four churches that Schinkel designed and built in the 19th century.

Berlin in 2010

https://auntyuta.com/2015/04/18/berlin-in-2012/

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Going for a walk close to where we lived in Berlin-Wedding in June 2010. This is: Am Brunnenplatz in Pankstrasse.

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This was on a nice warm day in June. Our first outing was on the 31st of May to the Brandenburg Gate. On that day it was still horribly cold and windy!

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A lot of places we could reach by underground.
A lot of places we could reach by underground.
Here I am with Peter's sister Ilse.
Here I am with Peter’s sister Ilse.
At Ilse's place with Klaudia
At Ilse’s place with Klaudia
Entrance to Ilse's Apartment
Entrance to Ilse’s Apartment
Ilse at her Computer
Ilse at her Computer

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There's a balcony attached to Ilse's kitchen where I liked to sit.
There’s a balcony attached to Ilse’s kitchen where I liked to sit.

Berlin in 2010

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Our Street1

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We arrived in Berlin on the 31st of May 2010. We had booked an apartment in Bastian Strasse in Wedding, the north of Berlin. It was a studio apartment with kitchen, balcony and bathroom. We loved the little balcony. It was perfect for sitting outside with a cup of coffee or tea and a bite to eat. The sun was on it nearly all day.

This is Bastian Strasse
This is Bastian Strasse

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Our Street2

We had this little apartment all to ourselves for four weeks. The fifth week we spent in Neu-Canow with my brother and his wife. And the last week of our holidays Peter’s sister put us up in her very small apartment. But more about this later.

I think we were the last guests in that apartment in Bastian Street. The lady who owned this place said she was about to sell the place to a young couple.

Barrack Obama plays China Card

 http://www.smh.com.au/world/barack-obama-plays-china-card-in-tpp-sales-pitch-20150418-1mntdv.html

Barack Obama plays China card in TPP sales pitch

Date
April 18, 2015 – 12:01PM

Justin Sink and Carter Dougherty

Fast-track program for Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal has Republican support but many Democrats doubt its purported benefits.

US President Barack Obama warns of China's intentions to fill any gap left open if Trans-Pacific Partnership fails.

US President Barack Obama warns of China’s intentions to fill any gap left open if Trans-Pacific Partnership fails.Photo: Reuters

To read on please go to:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/barack-obama-plays-china-card-in-tpp-sales-pitch-20150418-1mntdv.html

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