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Lodz, the former textile industry empire, today is a city of modern technologies, culture and grand events. It is a metropolis, where a landscape of industrial architecture mixes with silhouettes of the 20th century office buildings, production halls, cultural and sports buildings.
A small settlement, that in 1423 was granted civic rights, was thriving at the beginning of the 19th century. Lodz became one of the Europe’s biggest and fastest growing textile industry centre. At that time, a new identity of the city - “a promised land” and “a city of many cultures” was created. The city where people of different nationalities and religions shared the same dream of a success and were determined to achieve it together.
Today the rhythm of life in Lodz is no longer driven by factories’ sirens and rattling of looms’ shuttles. The city is still attrac- ting industrialists, who appreciate its central location, close proximity to the capital, investors - friendly policy, scientific and human resources. Lodz authorities undertake many actions in order to improve the city attractiveness - develop the airport, invest in new roads and quality of railway infrastructure. As a result, Lodz is located at the top of attractiveness ratings. It became a place of interest for such powerful companies as: Infosys, BSH, Gillette, Merloni, Fujitsu Services, Hutchinson and other household equipment manufacturers as well as finance and accounting centers of well known companies.
Lodz also constitutes a good example of advanced revitalization processes with Europe’s famous Manufaktura among many. A few years back, architects and designers brought back to life this historic industrial complex of Izrael Poznański and changed it into modern trade, entertainment, culture and recreation centre. Nowadays the biggest challenge for the city is the revitalization process of historic thermal power plant EC-1 together with modernization of the area which is to become a New Centre of Lodz.
Photo: Paweł Augustyniak www.pawelaugustyniak.pl
In the recent years, an identity of Lodz as a city of culture has been created. Former avant-garde and artistic experiment centre becomes a modern art centre. Museums look after the heritage of pre-war artists and young works of art change postindustrial interiors into avant-garde art centers. Growing every year calendar of Lodz festivals, became a cultural “brand” of our city - “ Festival Lodz”. Lodz is also a city of young and active people. During the day one can meet them at twenty universities and during the night they can be found in one of Lodz pubs, hundreds of which are located along the Piotrkowska street alone. Those who like green areas can spend their time in one of 30 parks, go to Łagiewniki - the largest urban forest in Europe or have fun at “Fala” – a modern aqua park. The multipurpose hall built couple of years ago (one of the biggest building of this type in Poland) hosts the concerts of the world’s biggest artists, sport games and grand fair events.