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BERLIN NOW AND THEN: FRIEDRICHSTRASSE

Berlin, Friedrichstraße, Ecke Leipzigerstraße

Friedrichstrasse Ecke Leipzigerstrasse, 1935 (image by Kurt Breuer, Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1977-061-21)

Here is Friedrichstrasse in 1935 and the same spot (Friedrichstraße shortly before its junction with Kronenstrasse, looking north) a couple of years ago, captured for Google Streets.

friedrichstrasse 62 rorner kronenstrasse
 
The differences are quite obvious: all but one buildings are gone (and they seem to have taken the charm with them) and no cars, taxis or no taxis, are allowed to park in the middle strip.
 
There are, however, a couple similarities: Friedrichstrasse was as busy then as it is today and the building at No. 61 – a 1910 department store designed by Robert Leibnitz for Kaufmann Ernst Steidel – is still where it used to be.
 

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