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Pusher Street is history!!!

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If you ever been to Copenhagen, you went to Christiania, the famous hippie town. Well known for loads of graffiti, cool people, relaxed atmosphere, no cops and the infamous Pusher Street where hash and mariuhuana are sold openly. This past sunday it all changed.

 

Telegram:

 

Residents, drug dealers of Danish hippie enclave tear down hashish stands

 

Associated Press Writer

 

Last update: 04 January 2004

 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths on Sunday, trying to head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.

 

Drugs are illegal in Denmark but sales of hashish in the enclave, called Christiania, are tolerated. Residents banned the sale of harder drugs in 1980.

 

Many of Christiania's residents believe the drug crackdown will lead to the eviction of 1,000 residents and the realization of government plans to redevelop the 84-acre area for upscale housing. Residents said they were trying to pre-empt any government action by dismantling Pusher Street, as the hashish-selling area is known.

 

"We don't want (Pusher Street) to be a lever for the government's illegal and amoral plans to close our Christiania," they said in a statement.

 

Using a tractor, crow bars, saws and hammers, dealers and residents tore down two dozen colorful booths that have stood along the sparsely paved but well-traveled Pusher Street for years.

 

Last month, a government lawyer reported that residents could be legally evicted from the enclave because the Danish state gave them the right to borrow the land -- not rent it -- in 1989.

 

Christiania took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land behind the capital's old ramparts.

 

They proclaimed their freewheeling society Christiania and it became a counterculture oasis with psychedelic-colored buildings, free marijuana, no government, no cars and no police.

 

In 1987, Christiania was recognized as a "social experiment" and two years later the government gave residents the right to use the land, but not ownership of it.

 

Christiania has become a tourist destination, with some travel guides mentioning it prominently, and Pusher Street appears on several city maps. In May, one of the booths that sold hashish was donated to Denmark's National Museum.

 

Since the Liberal-Conservative government took office in 2001, it has promised to end the open sale of hashish and "normalize" the area by rebuilding.

 

"Any step toward legalizing Christiania is a good step," Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a televised interview.

 

In deference to critics who fear the property could be overdeveloped, Fogh Rasmussen told TV2 he acknowledged that "Christiania doesn't need to be plastered with tall buildings."

 

Police in recent months have increased the number of raids to stop the drug deals, and residents have been split over eliminating the sales completely. Police estimate illegal hashish sales bring the community about $1.3 million annually.

 

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damn. i got lucky. i happend to show up on the weekend of their big 'save christania' protest/party thing. definitely glad i got to see it before the government pulled it apart.

im glad the dealers realized that fighting to save the community as a whole was more important than fighting to save their 'right' to deal right out in the open.

 

next to your boys mexican spot, which i still rank as my third favorite meal ever, christania was definitely a highlight of the trip....well, ok, it comes after the danish girls on bikes also...but i mean, its definitely up there.

 

 

seeks/faxi kondi

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what i find most interesting is the fact tons of niggas w/ big guns don't run that shit (or do they?). you know if that shit was in an american city there would be tons of fools robbing people, and tons of organized crime trying to run that show. a thugs paradise for sure....

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which is exactly why denmark is a far nicer place to live.

 

(that and every girl is hot and rides a bike, frequently in a skirt)

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Early morning=bad jokes

 

Originally posted by HESHIANDET

what i find most interesting is the fact tons of niggas w/ big guns don't run that shit (or do they?). you know if that shit was in an american city there would be tons of fools robbing people, and tons of organized crime trying to run that show. a thugs paradise for sure....

No doubt....it'd be like....a BLACK MARKET! Get it?

 

hyuk hyuk

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Hippies as in…actual hippies? Tear that place down!

 

But for real, seeker is right about their proactive initiative to save the whole place, not just the right to deal drugs.

 

Europe, can you give any more information as to what kind of development they plan on doing? Would they make it only residential? This area could be really trendy for the rich if they keep the whole hippie art vibe alive, even if it’s done by filthy rich architects and graphic designers. Out with the old, in with the plastic. If you really consider ’71 being very old. I’d say it is, even though Copenhagen is pretty much ancient, right?

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yup, it's all prerolled. different colors represent different qualities.

it's pretty bananas. walking down the block and theres like 25 different little shacks with dudes all selling.

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*believe*

 

Originally posted by seeking

yup, it's all prerolled.

 

 

dizzzzam!

thats a 'dope' job...rolling dank.

 

So, was it illegal, or legal to sell there?

It would seem like it was legal.

But the story is saying it was illegal.

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Originally posted by Weapon X

This area could be really trendy for the rich if they keep the whole hippie art vibe alive, even if it’s done by filthy rich architects and graphic designers. Out with the old, in with the plastic.

 

there's a place in our city where all the hippies lived

but now it's a street mall for the super rich. Burn Yorkville!

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I didn’t know that about Yorkville. I’m down for burning that spot, only after I loot the stores. Anyway, I’d rather look at a Louis Vitton purse in the window, rather than a dirty wool/hemp knit rainbow coloured bag.

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Re: *believe*

 

Originally posted by WebsterUno

So, was it illegal, or legal to sell there?

It would seem like it was legal.

But the story is saying it was illegal.

 

IT WAS Illegal..but the government turned a blind eye to it.

but someone is breaking the rules by taking those pictures... those no camera signs are pretty damn clear... damn hippies.

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yeah... that spot was where all the hippies (the origianl ones)

that were going to UofT or Ryerson would hang out. Apparently

Neil Young and Joni Mitchell used to play in the cafes there and

it this likke hippy utopis.

 

then they got older and got tired of being broke.......

 

so they sold their huts to the man who knew that people on the

outside looking in would drop big bucks to get into such a hip little

area, and the condos came up. Then all the little shops were replaced

by Cartier and Fur shops. That's the cycle.

 

accesible > cool > trendy > exclusive

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goddamn..that was one cool place to chill on a sunny copenhagen evening..sippin a corona and blazin up your prefered herb..cant beleive its gone..

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damn, what a shame. thats too bad it got torn down. it was a cool place to see, even if it was fucking cold as hell. but still, thats terrible, is the big cafe still open? is pirate eye patch guy still there knocking back faxi kondis?

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Okay, here is the deal today.

 

The goverment wants Christianias open sale of soft drugs gone, its too provocative etc. That why they tore down the shacks. They are still selling, now its just out of the pocket or on a little picnic-table or whatever, they are just toning down the visual organisation level.

Christiania still believes that hash and weed should be free and legal.

You have to be a resident of Christiania to sell shit out there, Christiania has about 900 adult residents and 200 kids. The market is has some internal, unwritten rules that are good and keeps things sorta in check.

 

The goverment is sooo fucked up, theyll legislate a new law before summer 04 and then we will know whats gonna happen with the whole area, its hard to say whats gonna go down.

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Originally posted by Europe

its hard to say whats gonna go down.

 

violent protest, ending with rioting and a bit of looting. top that off with the assassination of a few politicians.

 

 

should be fun!

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

yeah... that spot was where all the hippies (the origianl ones)

that were going to UofT or Ryerson would hang out. Apparently

Neil Young and Joni Mitchell used to play in the cafes there and

it this likke hippy utopis.

 

Oh man, I need to brush on my city’s history.

 

I suppose that certain legendary UofT residence has something to do with that area. I saw a little film clip produced by the Star on the “drug haven” that was the location for several ODs and drug dealing and the sort.

 

Yeah, I need to brush up.

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Europe, the way you describe it, it sounds like a social and familial hellhole. I could be wrong – after all I was raised by very conservative people and I ended up just awful – but it does seem odd.

 

Either way, it sounds like people enjoy that spot. They should have a hockey team specific to that area. Chilling at the games would be wild!

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