Berlin EW // Chicago NS

A critical view on two divided cities

Urban history video

IIT, 11/2016
Conflict and Time
Prof. Jonathan Miller



Berlin and Chicago are two cities where divisions are outstanding, although they express phisically in different ways. In Berlin, the Wall (1961-1989) divided the city physically in two completely different realities, with dispair economic and political systems and a desire from East Berliners to escape.

In Chicago instead, the city’s divide is not physically drawn – there is no such wall – but the underlying racial and economic divide is deeply ingrained in the city’s dynamics. However, be it because it is not clearly visible or for any other reason, little is being made to confront the decay of the South Side.