National Geographic : 1982 Jan
In nostalgic contrast to the modern city center, the working-classdistrict of PrenzlauerBerg remains much as it was just after World War II, only older and shabbier (right). Many of the apartmenthouses remainnicked and scarred by the bombing (above). In 1945 more than half of all East Berlin flats were destroyed, and a billion cubic feet of rubble clogged the streets. Much has been restored, but the city still struggles with housing and pools its energies toward a 1990 goal of 300,000 new and renovatedflats.