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