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A refugee trains on a deserted parking deck
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Plants grow at the deserted city center
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Andreas Knoblauch runs the last remaining shop in the city center
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A woman at a closed department store
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An employee at an office in the coal-fired power plant Weisweiler
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An employee at the coal-fired power plant Weisweiler
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Mayor Rudi Bertram in the downhill
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Closed restaurant
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A security guard sends off a man from a parking deck
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My hometown Eschweiler is a small city with 60,000 residents in the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Due to the downfall of the region’s biggest employer, the coal power plant Weisweiler, and the associated opencast coal mine, the lively city centre of my childhood with shops and restaurants turned into a vacant concrete desert. For Zeit Online.