Inner cities, retail and Corona in Germany

Alexandra Appel, Sina Hardaker (eds.) | Wuerzburg, 2022 | ISBN 978-3-95826-176-1 | €30.90

Alexandra Appel, Sina Hardaker (eds.): Inner cities, retail and Corona in Germany. Published on February 10, 2022 as a print edition and free e-book.

release date: 10.02.2022
Scope: 238
Format: 16,5 x 24 cm; Softcover
language: Deutsch
Publication series/volume: Geographic Trade Research (31)
ISBN print edition: 978-3-95826-176-1
Print edition price: € 30,90

“The city center needs trade, but trade does not need the city center” is a frequently formulated thesis regarding the relationship between trade and the city center – and not only since the Covid 19 pandemic. The crisis has once again exposed the challenges of structural change in the retail sector and in some cases accelerated developments. On the one hand, there is a need for action in the area of ​​digitization and the urgent need for a reconsidered discussion of the relationship between the city center and retail. In addition to questions about the future design of retail and its importance for inner cities, questions about the importance of other sectors/facilities/offers (e.g. gastronomy, handicrafts, cultural institutions, daycare centers, sports and educational facilities, but also open spaces, green spaces, traffic-calmed areas or local courier services ) for the retail trade, increasingly from the perspective of geographical trade research. With the crisis, deficits and fields of action came into focus that had been pending for a long time. The opportunity lies in using this surge of attention constructively and negotiating realistic case and location-specific perspectives for inner cities and their actors now and not putting it off any longer. This volume brings together nine trade-geographical contributions by academics and practitioners who discuss the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and thus make an important contribution to the necessary discussion of the future of inner cities and trade.

Alexandra Appel,, born 1983, graduate geographer, academic councilor at the Institute for Geography and Geology of the JMU Würzburg, Chair of Economic Geography
Sina Hardaker,, born 1985, MA Tourism/Management, Academic Councilor at the Institute for Geography and Geology of the JMU Würzburg, Chair of Economic Geography

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