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NøRREBRO / Forty years of land and housing battles in Copenhagen have yielded results. One of the few politicians in the world has here dared to deal with Blackstone – one of the largest multinational housing investors around.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

The quarter on Nørrebro in Copenhagen has been the scene of more than four decades of fighting over land and housing.

Nørrebro's modern history is closely connected with the first wave of industrialization in Copenhagen at the end of the 1800th century when the area became home to several factories. It quickly developed into a working-class district with the highest population density in the Copenhagen area, characterized by low-quality housing. The area fell into disrepair in the post-war period, and in the early 1970s the city council decided that a major renewal was needed.

At the same time, two migration flows came to define Nørrebro's reputation and role as an epicenter for anti-capitalist and anti-racist political activism and movements in the coming decades. Guest workers from Turkey and other countries settled here, at the same time the baby boom generation moved to Copenhagen to study as part of the period's major expansion of public secondary education.

The police's actions were later deemed illegal by the courts.

The city's plans to renew the quarter and the existing residents' and students' wishes for cheap housing led to several clashes with the police in the 1970s and 1980s. The first wave were the so-called "slum stormers" who occupied empty buildings that were to be demolished. . .

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Anders Riel Müller
Müller is associate professor at the University of Stavanger

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