Micro-Geographies of Homelessness: A Guided Tour Through Schöneberg, Berlin
This is a repost of my contribution for This Big City
At first glance, a tour is not the most accurate description of what Querstadtein offers. A focus on homelessness, avoiding voyeuristic opportunities, actually suggests a confrontation. First, the sanitized experience of a typical tour where beautiful spots flocked by tourists conceals a view of the quotidian life of the city and its dwellers. Second, and more importantly, it challenges our daily attitudes toward ‘undesired’ people and urban poverty. What are our actions, inactions and assumptions about these issues? Inspired by similar initiatives in Copenhagen and London, Querstadtein aims to inform about homelessness in Berlin, confronting prejudices and enriching perspectives of public spaces. All while taking a walk and listening to the stories of someone who has already tackled life on the streets.