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Shrinking to Grow? The Urban Regeneration Challenge in Leipzig and Manchester

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Shrinking to Grow? The Urban Regeneration Challenge in Leipzig and Manchester. Both Leipzig and Manchester have experienced a severe loss of population: Manchester over a long period since the middle of the twentieth century; Leipzig sharply, after reunification. While both cities have greatly improved their city centres and can claim many regeneration successes, both have, at best, stemmed their population losses. Linked to this demographic shrinkage has been the presence of a large stock of low-demand housing. Given this, and the potential for future population loss ? especially in Leipzig, with falling birth rates nationally ? in this study the authors asked whether these two cities could plan for an economically sound contraction in their populations. They set out scenarios for future household numbers in both cities and consider the implications of a future loss of households. By Alan Mace, Nick Gallent, Peter Hall, Lucas Porsch, Reiner Braun, Ulrich Pfeiffer.

 

By Anglo-German Foundation, UK, Germany.

Housing Policy Resource.