Before the wasteland on Cuvrybrache (on Schlesische Straße) became a construction site for new apartments, it was an empty space with a view on the Spree. For a long time, this wasteland on Wrangelkiez was famous for its BLU mural on the opposing wall. It was painted black by the artist himself once the lot was due for reconstruction, and thereby essentially closed off for the public. That infamous wall was then eventually re-decorated by Berlins graffiti matadors BERLIN KIDZ. It was quite the news story.
In the meantime, many big companies announced their interest in buying the plot: Google was headed there but was averted due to the residents’ protests (then later met the same fate on Ohlauer Straße, where they also had to withdraw their offer of a Google Campus), and for a long time after, Zalando planned to open their new headquarters on Cuvry. However they also went for a different and much better suited location at Mercedes Platz.
Kreuzberg is already overcrowded and oversaturated. It’s better if we build more housing, kindergartens, libraries, schools. We don’t need another big workplace right in the neighborhood (although I will be the first to support new workplaces elsewhere, and ready to talk about compromises).