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Eisenhüttenstadt: Monitoring a shrinking German City

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Author(s): Lienhard Lötscher | Frank Howest | Ludger Basten

Journal: Dela
ISSN 0354-0596

Issue: 21;
Start page: 361;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: settlement geography | urban geography | Germany

ABSTRACT
The German Urban Commission is currently monitoring a phenomenon not entirely new:the economic and demographic shrinking of cities. As outlined during the Pretoria Conferencein 2002, this process is increasingly puzzling for both urban planners and politicians,and in some regions – especially in eastern Germany – the situation is getting dramaticallyworse (see chapter 1). In chapter 2 and 3 of this paper we will illustrate the effects of economicand demographic shrinking, by analysing the example of the eastern German City ofEisenhüttenstadt. In chapter 4 we will outline Eisenhüttenstadt’s perspectives for the futureand discuss its efforts to adapt to these new challenges. The conclusion will put forward anumber of theses for further discussion.
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