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Poland, Lodz: Former Textile Giant I.

Published: 10.10.2014
Our today’s journey across world cities is set in Lodz, a city couple of hundred kilometers northeast from Prague.

Piotrkowska streetAs old city as it is, Lodz hides many things luring tourists from great distances as well as locals. As soon as you visit its downtown you will understand.

Lodž je třetím největším Polish city. More than 700 thousand people live there. There are debates about its name. Lodz means a ship. One explanation claimsPiotrkowská ulicethe name being derived from the Lodzic family that has a ship in its coat of arms. Others claim that the name comes from old Polish expression for willow – “loza”. The first written note about the city dates to 1332. It stated that village Lodzia is being held over to the bishops of Włocławek. Lodz remained a relatively insignificant town until the 19th century when industrial revolution transformed it into vibrant modern center.

The significance of economic boom in Lodz proves its nickname Promised Land. Lidé sePiotrkowska street all corners of Europe such as Portugal, England or France. Most of them came from south Germany (soon Germans consisted of ¾ of Lodz’s population), Silesia, and Bohemia. Industry in Lodz was focused primarily on textile industry.

The population had been growing rapidly. Towards the end of the 19th century more than 300 thousand people lived there. One third of them were Jews while German minority decreased to 15%. The city continued in its growth up to 640 thousand people howeover, Nazi deportation of Jews into concentration camps caused the city to shrink. As for economy, the city kept its image as textile giant after the second world war. However, the end of communism in Poland Piotrkowská uliceput incredible pressure of privatiozation on struggling companies and a bulk of them was soon closed.

Thanks to its location Lodz became a place interesting to international companies.

Anyway, let get us back to the history of Lodz. Today we take a look at the most important street there - Piotrkowska also called Lodz’s Walk of Fame. This roughly five kilometers long boulevard is one of the world’s longest.Piotrkowská ulice

To be continued.

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: Wikipedia.org

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