Vom Streben nach Wachstum zur Gestaltung von Schrumpfung

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Grundschulen schließen, den Dorfladen gibt es nicht mehr, die Ortszentren sind menschenleer, immer mehr Häusern und Gärten mangelt es an Pflege, Hilfswillige fehlen tagsüber im Katastrophenfall, knappe Kassen beschränken den Handlungsspielraum – die Zeichen des Niedergangs von strukturschwachen Landgemeinden und ganzen Regionen sind mannigfaltig, aber altbekannt. Neu an dem sich meist schon über Jahrzehnte fortpflanzenden Abstieg ist jedoch, dass ein Perspektivenwechsel dahingehend ansteht, wie man diesen schleichenden Schrumpfungsprozessen hinkünftig angemessener begegnen kann. Denn bislang hat die Regional- und Kommunalpolitik bei Räumen mit rückläufigen Entwicklungen ausschließlich auf Strategien und Maßnahmen gesetzt, die mit einem Wachstumsversprechen verbunden waren. Nun aber mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass es in den meisten Fällen sinnvoller ist, sich vorderhand um Lösungen zu bemühen, die auf die Rückläufigkeit Bezug nehmen, statt sich weiter erfolglos gegen sie zu stemmen.

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... Alternatively, one can look at the situation of emigration as Weber and Fischer argue, namely that one must probably learn to deal with emigration movements and not focus exclusively on their containment. "Shrinkage should not be seen only in terms of loss, rather one must find out what 'other' lies within the 'less'" (Weber, 2016). For example, the increase in senior households holds the potential for local suppliers specializing in this market to locate in the region (Smallbone, 2009, p. 5;Weber, 2016, p. 101). ...
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