The Berlin Wall used to stand across the Spree and the Oberbaumbrucke was still in ruins between two countries that don’t exist anymore. On the video here, filmed in 1979, you can see how empty Schlesisches Tor used to be. Why would anybody want to live so close to where the action would happen in case of war? Also, remember that there was no Gorlitzer Park. Just the ruins of what used to be the Berlin Görlitzer Bahnhof.