Normal assumption is that cities just grow and grow. That has been the norm in the west during the 19th and 20th centuries. At first the growth was largely due to industrialization. As factories established themselves and drew workers to them, small communities grew larger. During the 20th century the migration into urban areas continued […]
Like many cities of the former GDR, Leipzig faced significant population and economic decline after the events of 1989/90, as industries collapsed and many chose to leave the city for opportunities elsewhere. The phenomenon of the so-called shrinking city – not exclusive to East Germany, but visible in multiple forms in urban centres around the […]

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  • The New Leipzig
    Leipzig is experiencing a renaissance, as evidenced – and facilitated – by endless media reports in both the German and North American press. From Die Zeit to Gawker, Berlin – once the darling of the global alternative scene – has been declared passé; those seeking alternative arts and culture, music, and social projects are advised …
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