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Hipster tourists are not welcome in Berlin, say city residents

Excerpt from Toronto Sun

Sep 14, 2012 2:11 pm

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Long-time Berliners not pleased with the rapid influx of young tourists over the last 20 years, but they should wise up to realize that tourism is also keeping the cash-strapped city financially afloat.

— Samantha Shankman

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Schönhauser Allee at night

“Sorry, no entry for hipsters from the U.S.” Photo by abbilder.

Tourism to Berlin is booming as never before and filling the debt-ridden city’s coffers with much-needed cash, but not all Berliners are cheering the influx of visitors.

Some blame the tourists, especially the young 20-something “Easyjet set” who ride the budget airline to party through the night in the uber-cool, hedonistic German capital, for a host of ills from rising rents to noise pollution.

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