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"We all started to realize that life was just going to be different."
Many Eastern Germans celebrate freedom but mourn the loss of economic security.
Mayor Hillary Schieve said playing on the region's strengths and diversifying its economy helped revive the struggling, post-recession city.
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we're contrasting that economic picture with the steep economic division in the U.S. today.
Without intervention, the disparity between thriving and lagging economies will worsen.
After the Berlin Wall came down, the German government poured billions in to the Eastern states. Was the money well spent?
In 1989, Germany was divided by much more than a concrete wall: West and East were separated by stark economic differences.