Just transition case study: Żyrardów – regeneration and a city reinvented
Case study | 3 November 2023
This case study presents the revitalisation process of Żyrardów, a city in Poland.
For more than 150 years, Żyrardów was best known as the Polish capital of linseed – a European textile industry powerhouse. Ultimately, however, the industrial monoculture negatively impacted the local labour market and resulted in the collapse of the town’s economic development. In 2004, Żyrardów adopted a Local Revitalisation Programme with the the goal of the comprehensive spatial, economic and social renewal of an area of the city designated for revitalisation. European Union structural funds were obtained for the reconstruction and renovation of two vital streets, three primary schools and the three-stage restoration of Dittrich Park.
In 2016, Żyrardów became one of 20 cities in Poland selected to implement model revitalisation solutions with EU funds. The scale of the revitalisation plan for Żyrardów indicates why such processes should be planned in advance. A proper, effectively implemented plan guarantees the interest of investors, who provide an additional developmental impetus. Although Żyrardów is not located in one of the just transition regions, it serves as an example for how careful planning and the use of EU funds can bring great impact.
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