Pushed to the Edge By Corona Can German City Centers Be Saved?

First came online retail and the financial crisis, now COVID-19: City-center shopping districts in Germany are suffering. But strategies are being developed to save them. Will they work?
A liquidation sale in Mannheim: "The main thing is for decision-makers to come together and come up with a joint strategy."

A liquidation sale in Mannheim: "The main thing is for decision-makers to come together and come up with a joint strategy."

Foto: Ralph Peters/ imago images
Many are concerned about the future of retail in the centers of smaller Germany towns.

Many are concerned about the future of retail in the centers of smaller Germany towns.

Foto: snapshot-photography/ T.Seeliger/ snapshot-photography
"Corona has had quite an effect."

Thomas Herrmann, city manager

Joachim Stoll: "Nobody can travel anymore, and nobody needs luggage."

Joachim Stoll: "Nobody can travel anymore, and nobody needs luggage."

Foto: Tim Wegner / DER SPIEGEL
DER SPIEGEL 31/2020
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