But I'm very happy about people standing up for their neighborhood and actually protesting. Having a Google office with >400 decidedly well-compensated people move in would very much change the neighborhood and not for the better.
People fighting for their own local interests is what makes Berlin great, and it is _so_ refreshing after having lived in North America where no-one protests anything and letting corporate interests dominate yours is the norm.
i don't understand this. so berlin would rather have poor citizens? how is that better for the city?
and how would >400 "well-compensated" people affect the city in anything but a positive manner?
has there been any sort of study as to how better wages affect a city?
What do you feel about non-resident Chinese nationals investing in real-estate in your city & driving up prices? I noticed HN tends to be ok with gentrification if it's done by well-paid geeks, but not when the same group gets priced-out.
1. I'm not a well-paid geek.
2. What you are describing isn't gentrification.
All while jacking up prices of apartments/food/services for everyone.
Where is the positive net effect for people here? The city&state will earn more tax revenue, but for the neighborhood there's nothing positive that's going to happen.
not everything is about money
I take "poor citizens" but cultural fecund Berlin anytime over "rich" USA cities with homeless people living on the streets while FAANG workers spend half of their huge salary on mediocre apartments
> and how would >400 "well-compensated" people affect the city in anything but a positive manner?
a city is not only (I would say not at all) the offices of big corporations.
Berlin is also many other things like Köpi or Blu's graffiti in Kreuzberg that he removed few years ago because gentrifiers saw them as a way to keep the place "cool" and raise prices 
This was a „Google for Startups Campus“ project. Co-working spaces and startup events and so on. Money and potential funding for the Berlin startup scene.
I’m rather worried how some vocal and partly violent people, seemingly without a lot of understanding of what they are campaigning against and how the tech world works managed to stop this project.
I don't object to its existence, only location.