Urban Resurgence as a Consumer City: A Case Study for Weimar in Eastern Germany

23 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2017

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Florian W. Bartholomae

Munich Business School; University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Universität der Bundeswehr München

Chang Woon Nam

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Ifo Institute, Germany; University of Applied Management (UAM)

Alina Schoenberg

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Universität der Bundeswehr München

Date Written: August 21, 2017

Abstract

Weimar achieved urban recovery as a ‘consumer city’ with sub-brandings like a population magnet with a high living-quality, a cultural city with touristic attractions, and a university city. Its intensive cultural promotion policies combined with urban regeneration programs have contributed to the recent demographic and economic growth. This study demonstrates this success and investigates its sectoral weaknesses compared to other German cities. Weimar needs an optimal mixture of consumption- and production-oriented development strategies to rectify the current structural imbalances and better control those negative impacts caused by a rapidly ageing population. Besides ample presence and intact connectivity of high-tech industries and producer services within a city which enhance R&D, innovation and productivity, Weimar should more seriously consider, when designing future development policy, that both urban growth approaches are interrelated: agglomeration generates higher income for the creative class, whereas high urban amenities attract young creative entrepreneurs selecting locations for start-ups.

Keywords: urban resurgence consumer city, Weimar, East Germany, post-industrial transformation, population magnet, modern industries and services

JEL Classification: P250, O140, O380, R110, H760

Suggested Citation

Bartholomae, Florian W. and Nam, Chang Woon and Schoenberg, Alina, Urban Resurgence as a Consumer City: A Case Study for Weimar in Eastern Germany (August 21, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6610, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3035232

Florian W. Bartholomae

Munich Business School ( email )

Elsenheimerstraße 61
Munich, Bavaria 80687
Germany

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Universität der Bundeswehr München ( email )

Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
Neubiberg
Munich, 85579
Germany

Chang Woon Nam (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.CESifo.de

Ifo Institute, Germany

Munich
Germany

University of Applied Management (UAM) ( email )

Am Bahnhof 2
Erding, 85435
Germany

Alina Schoenberg

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Universität der Bundeswehr München ( email )

Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
Neubiberg
Germany

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