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Old November 7th, 2017, 05:29 PM   #1
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ŁÓDŹ | New City Center | U/C

Łódź New City Center is the biggest ongoing gentrification program in Europe. It covers 20% of the city. The New City Center is going to be ready at 2022.

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There are some essential fasilities already constructed in the new district, like Łódź Fabryczna railway station:





...interactive Centre for Science and Technology EC1:



...and the Planetary EC1. The Planetary won the "7 New Wonders of Poland" contest organised by National Geographic Traveler.



Both, the Center and the Planetary are located in revitalized heat and power plant.



Gentrification is also done in XIX'th century residential district Księży Młyn:



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Old November 11th, 2017, 01:20 AM   #2
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Finally a thread has been opened about this amazing city. Shocking that the revitalization of this city has been so far overlooked. Oh well better late than never.

We visited this city for the first time 5 years ago when the new central train station was a hole in the ground, still loved how many original 19th and 20th buildings this city has, massive wholesale destruction in Poland during WWII luckily bypassed Lodz. It probably also has the most surviving industrial buildings from the 1800's on the continent that are being retrofitted for offices, loft, high tech incubators etc. It has a really interesting vibe, hope to see lots more projects posted.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 07:10 PM   #3
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EXPO2022 | ŁÓDŹ | City Re:Invented

November 15th BIE http://www.bie-paris.org/site/en/ is going to decide who will organize EXPO 2022.

The exhibition will be organized in the New City Center - gentrified XIX century post-industrial district:



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Old November 16th, 2017, 05:50 AM   #4
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Why don't they build skyscrapers in Lodz? It's the third city in Poland, and the twenty-seventh in the EU...
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Old November 16th, 2017, 08:51 AM   #5
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Well, Lodz lost to Buenos Aires, after a very tight vote... But, as the city said in a message to B.A. "revitalization won't stop"!
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Why don't they build skyscrapers in Lodz? It's the third city in Poland, and the twenty-seventh in the EU...
From time to time flame wars appear on the Polish SSC section in the threads about Łódź concerning whether there should be skyscrapers in Łódź or not

Why not? Because there is still a lot of unoccupied areas in the city center, and there is simply no need to go up when the city has space to spread "horizontally". For example, this exact area which is gonna be the "new city center".

Another obstacle, for the region of the city where the skyscrapers would be most desired, is that you can't go too high over there because it would interrupt the operation of the airport, which is quite close to the city center (and this is one of the advantages of Łódź).
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Old November 16th, 2017, 09:46 PM   #7
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Also not long ago Łódź used to be the second city in Poland after Warsaw, it suffered strong depopulation after the collapse of cotton industry in the '90, demand for office space is still not too strong I guess. Altough there are some high-rises in the center from the communist times and new hotel Hampot by Hilton should be pretty high:

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With or without the short term effects of an expo, Lodz is going through a revitalization boom that is changing the city very rapidly.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 11:20 AM   #9
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That's true. BTW the tram hub (right down on visual) is ready. People in Łódź call it "the Unicorn". Let's recall - unicorn tears are cure for every disease :-).

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