2015 Feature, Medium Newsroom finalist

M29 — The Bus Route of Contrasts

T. Rentsch, J. Troeger, M. Klack, M. Boenke, D. Wendler, A. Paetzold

Berliner Morgenpost

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About the Project

The M29 bus route cuts straight through Berlin. It starts in the villa districts in the west of the city, passes through the troubled inner city areas, and ends in Berlin’s trendiest districts. Voting behaviour, unemployment, income: the interactive application highlights the social differences of Berliners.

The Berliner Morgenpost collected and processed data regarding the neighbourhood and local residents for every stop along the bus route. This included: voting behaviour, migration background, age, unemployment, social background, rent increases, break-ins, native Berliners and the number of Airbnb holiday apartments. Brief descriptions and videos explain the most interesting revelations garnered from the statistics.

The route of what is probably Berlin’s most well-known bus route highlights the social differences between Berliners with rare clarity. The interactive application transforms dry data into stories. Diagrams, text, audio and video are used where they have the greatest impact on the dramatic composition, and these elements work on all devices. The interactive application connects abstract statistics with the personal – with the daily lives of the people living along the bus route.