A lottery for apartments
a nod to history
The idea of winning a central Berlin apartment in a lottery does have a historical precedent. In 1952, that was how the new Karl-Marx-Allee apartments were assigned to people – but only if you had put in some hard graft for the DDR’s National Development Programme. Anyone who worked for 300 hours or 100 half shifts could enter into a draw for one of the coveted apartments. As a result, some 40,000 volunteers helped with the rebuilding of the gracious boulevards, and it took only four years to complete.