There is a common theme apparent in the gentrification of Berlin and Seattle. With new urban development and growth comes the displacement of history and people's that have relied on neighbors hoods that are affordable and accepting. In both cities it is getting hard for the middle class to survive in a place that they have always called home. This shift plays significantly into identity. As capital hill transforms, the gay population, which has found comfort and safety there for many years, feels isolated and scared again. Downtown Bellingham, where you don't need a lot of money to enjoy a nice meal is now in the shadow of high-end apartments. As other parts of Germany grow to become more progressive, Berlin is losing its "cool" factor. Areas of the city known for art and relaxed living are being replaced with large, high-end and expensive apartment complexes. People are losing the ability to express themselves in a way they have for decades. Gentrification seems to completely cover the identity of a location and the people there and replace it with one that is both foreign and unwelcome.