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CentrO Oberhausen is the showcase of "What would happen if...".
What would happen if all former industrial sites in the Ruhr area were sold to American consumer capital. Of course - a big shopping mall accompanied by a bizarre theme park and a large multiplex cinema.
Built by financial capital from the 51st State, CentrO proudly presents itself as the "Neue Mitte" - meaning the new center of Oberhausen. No doubt it is popular and crowded, no doubt it is hard to find a free parking place in one of ten big parking houses. Other city centres started to decay because of this new shopping heaven.
What to buy: If you don't mind the general feel of plain consumerism - you can probably buy anything you want, like in any American city.
If you do mind, then close your eyes, continue along the Industrial Heritage Trail, and be happy that this is only one mistake that happenned in transformation of the Ruhr region.
Updated May 23, 2005
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Solino - the first Italian restaurant in Germany, set in the 1950s
Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht - a building site in the early 21st century, telling a lot about the cordiality and smartness of the people in the Ruhrgebiet
Das Wunder von Bern - boy from Essen experiences Germany winning the football world cup in 1954
Schimanski - one of most famous TV detectives in Germany, trying to make Duisburg a more peaceful place
Das Wunder von Legende - TV film about a mining desaster in the town of Lengede, probably not easily available on DVD...
Updated May 17, 2005
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