During GDR times, the Leipzig-Halle region was developed as a centre for chemical industries. Major town extensions were realised. Having been part of the former GDR and its relatively closed economic system, de-industrialisation occurred after the political transformation of 1989 in particular, when the region's economy faced national and international competition. Today, tentative new developments in the service sector take place, such as in the fields of education, transportation, local recreation and tourism.
Therefore, the Leipzig-Halle region is experiencing both population growth and decline side-by-side, with new development continuing despite pre-existing brownfields and high vacancy rates.
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