The Danish team has done case studies in three locations; one rural, one suburban and one urban; Lemvig, Horsens and Aarhus. All three areas are independent municipalities within the same region – the Central Region, Denmark. The three localities, Aarhus, Horsens and Lemvig, share the position of being part of the same intermediate region, in the sense that it is neither the main region of growth nor the one struggling the most. This defines the position of all three localities within the region. They all face challenges but at the same time offer potentials and identifiable routes for future development. The challenges and potential differ however.

Lemvig (Rural Case)

Horsens (Suburban case)

Both the suburban and the rural case are interesting with respect to growth policies; both trying to some extent to reinvent themselves: Horsens by a transformation of the city from a traditional industrial city to a city of mixed economy connected to the knowledge economy and Lemvig through developing the west coast of the municipality to a recreational area with a focus on more summerhouses and a thematic focus on surfing, the geological history and nature in general.

Aarhus (Urban Case)

For the metropolitan and suburban case, main challenges relate to spatial segregation and specific social housing areas marked by concentrated deprivation. For Horsens, a main aspiration of importance for its future is to become a thriving educational centre that can hold on to and even attract students, offering an alternative to education in the main educational cities such as Aarhus.