Birth Rates Falling and Cities Failing

Birth rates are dropping across Europe, and some cities are on the verge of collapse because of it. Exhibit A: Hoyerswerda, Germany.

"After the Berlin Wall came down, millions of East Germans who stayed behind decided against producing another generation. Their fertility more than halved. In 1988, 216,000 ­babies were born in East Germany; in 1994, just 88,000 were born. The fertility rate worked out at 0.8 children per woman. Since then it has struggled up to around 1.2, but that is still only just over half the rate needed to maintain the population. About a million homes have been abandoned, and the ­government is demolishing them as fast as it can. Left ­behind are "perforated ­cities", with huge random chunks of ­wasteland. Europe hasn't seen ­cityscapes like this since the bombing of the second world war.

And nowhere has emptied as much as Hoyerswerda. In the 80s, it had a population of 75,000 and the highest birth rate in East Germany. Today, the town's population has halved."

The problem seems to be a combination of women leaving town and a generational disinclination to have children.

Full Story: The population crash

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population decline is good

I suppose the conclusion that the author of this article would have us make is that continued population growth is necessary to have economic prosperity? How dumb! This planet cannot sustain the exisiting human population if everyone has the standard of living of North Americans, and everyone has the right to have such a lifestyle. Depopulation is a good thing and more highrises should be demolished as they are a symptom of and not the solution to overpopulation.

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