The Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg has been empty for a couple of years now. You could find a supermarket and a drug store in it; nothing of the market spirit was left to find in the building. Last year, Marcus even shot a video of the almost empty space.
But in 2009 a few people got together and decided they would buy back the building, restore the former market space and create a new weekly market. Beyond that, the market hall is to be completely freed from the discount supermarkets in the upcoming months, and a new location for community issues, projects and events is to be build from the foundation of the market. Check out more details on the official project website.
This movement, the idea and the whole project is overwhelmingly inspiring and I am very happy that the city council has allowed this creative development. I went to check out how far they’ve come last weekend and I can only recommend everyone snack around the beautiful stands and arrangements– you’ll love it.