The theme of International Expo 2022 in Łódź – ‘City Re:Invented’ – will concern a comprehensive regeneration of urban areas, a topic perfectly complementing our city’s history and experiences of previous decades. Łódź is writing an extraordinary story of how to successfully combat a permanent social and infrastructural crisis, and wants to show its achievements to the whole world.
Revitalization is not only a theme of local importance, but a global challenge that all countries must face, both developed and developing ones. The issues that comprehensive regeneration efforts seek to tackle concern cities on all continents. More than half of today’s world population lives in cities, and by 2050 this number will reach 70%; only 14% of the population of the world’s richest countries will live outside urban areas.
The issue of regeneration is becoming more and more popular in Poland. Authorities have adopted many documents, such as the National Strategy of Regional Development, National Urban Policy or the Regeneration Act, which serve as a road sign for local authorities in everyday management of their cities. Regeneration of urban areas involves not only renovations of entire streets or city blocks, but is primarily about finding solutions for improving the social and economic situation of the local community.
Recent years have cemented Łódź’s position as the leader of regeneration efforts in Poland and Europe; actions taken by local authorities, starting with the adoption of the Local Regeneration Plan in 2004, mean that Łódź and Poland have become one of Europe’s the largest areas subject to regeneration efforts, allowing us to gain experience and know-how that are unique on a European and global scale, which we can and should share with others, while continuing our search for innovative solutions that could improve the quality of living in our surroundings.