This investigation focuses on Leipzig, one of the most prominent examples of a large city in eastern Germany that shrank during the 1990s and began growing again in the 2010s. What happened in those old, inner-city neighbourhoods especially affected by shrinkage, outmigration, abandonment and vacancy, as Leipzig’s inner east and inner west were? The focus here will be on the field of housing, real estate market development and residential change; the new role of green spaces and greening strategies in a context of contested urban space; and the ‘fate’ of spaces for interim uses and experimentation that had been established during the period of shrinkage. How and why did Leipzig shift from shrinkage towards new growth? What are the impacts of this change for different fields of urban development and policy? What can be learnt from Leipzig for a broader perspective?
Keywords: Urban shrinkage; regrowth; Leipzig