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Germany Today

A Small Town in Germany Resists Population Shrinkage

The last 15 years have seen the town of Wanfried in the state of Hessen lose one-fifth of its population. As a result, many of the town’s half-timbered houses are left to rack and ruin. A citizens’ initiative took matters into its own hands and put the houses up for sale on the Internet.

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The project has proved successful, and many of the historic houses now have new owners. The town is coming back to life