THE CENTER OF POLAND, IN THE CENTER OF EUROPE
The city of Lodz is an autonomous locality (local self-government). It is LAU2, LAU1, and NUTS3 at the same time, due to the scale and the role of the city in the settlement system.
The city of Lodz is also a capital of the region (Lodz voivodeship) – one of the most dynamically developing regions in the country.
It is located in the center of Poland, in the center of Europe, well connected to the trans-European transport corridors – north-south: Scandinavia-Adriatic, and east-west: Moscow-Berlin.
Among large cities in Poland, it is a very specific place and the only Polish city on the list of “Best of The World 2022” by National Geographic
A CITY THAT CHANGES ITS SOCIAL,
FUNCTIONAL AND PHYSIOGNOMIC FACE
As the biggest textile industry hub in the 19th and 20th century Central-Eastern Europe Lodz well presents its current struggle with processes of socio-economic and spatial changes both due to global forces and local conditions (turn to the market economy since 1990s).
Contemporary development of the city of Lodz provides widely understood issues such as urban renewal including regeneration, revitalization, and gentrification together with new investments, yet well adapted to remains of former industrial landscape.
The city changes its social, functional, and physiognomic face. It is evolving from the industrial center towards the industrial- service and service-industrial city, in which metropolitan service functions are becoming more significant than ever.
LOOKING FOR A NEW IDENTITY
The city of Lodz is also looking for a new identity today yet based on its cultural past.
Many actors play important roles in these processes: local authorities, NGOs, urban movements, inhabitants, enterprises of various scale (from local to global). This process is also providing an interesting scope of a ‘game’ over urban space.