The host town of Leipzig
We feel Leipzig was a perfect venue for the Degrowth conference 2014 as it was a “shrinking city“ for a long time. The people and the administration had to find ways to deal with abandoned houses, derelict land and small budgets. This led to a thriving environment for experimental projects on the one hand – many examples for degrowth practice and concepts can be found here. However, on the other hand the city is struggling to finance its social services and there is a rising growth-driven development and a tendency towards gentrification – this ambiguity constituted an interesting background for the conference.