2014.07.02【英译中】莱比锡如何成为“超比锡”(一)

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How Leipzig Became 'Hypezig'

莱比锡如何成为“超比锡”

 

Feargus O'Sullivan


The post-industrial city has been crowned Germany's Austin. But it might be more like Germany's Detroit.

这座后工业化城市被冠以德国的奥斯汀之名,不过它或许更像是德国的底特律。


Judging by the country's media, Germany seems to be getting a little bored of its major cities. Berlin is touristy and pretentious. Hamburg is so rich and uptight it hurts. Munich? You'll end up selling a kidney to pay your rent.

德国媒体的报导显示,德国人似乎已对本国的主要城市有些厌倦了。柏林挤满游客,矫揉造作;汉堡是富人的世界,让人神经紧张。慕尼黑?你可能沦落到卖肾付房租的地步。

No, if you want to move to the German city where it's all supposed to be happening now, it absolutely has to be Leipzig.

如果你想去一个一切发生在当下的德国城市,那就只能是莱比锡了。

That's the impression you'd get from the German press, at least. The media there has fallen all over itself to cover the city's cheap rent, elegantly wasted(这里求建议) old tenements, and a globally rated artist community. Articles with headlines like "Life's Best in Leipzig" and "Like Berlin Only Better" have heaped praise on the city. The Israeli media has gone so far as to call Leipzig "Europe's new hipster capital." Leipzig even has a new nickname – Hypezig – and a German language tumblr that catalogues trend pieces on the city. It has over 100 entries for 2013 alone.

至少,德国的报刊媒体会让人产生这种印象。它们不遗余力地罗列这里廉价的房租、闲置的公寓以及全球闻名的艺术社区。“在莱比锡享受最优质的生活”和“类似柏林,超越柏林”之类的头条标题都是对这个城市大加赞扬的体现。以色列媒体甚至将莱比锡称为“欧洲新的时尚之都”。莱比锡还有一个新昵称“超比锡”和一个记录城市潮流风向标的汤博乐(目前全球最大的轻博客网站)账号。该账号仅在2013年一年就发布了100条博文。

But is Leipzig Germany's Austin, a city where every other "hip" twenty-something will soon want to live? Or is Leipzig Germany's Detroit, a struggling place where small pockets of revival get highlighted while the rest of the city quietly rusts away?

不过莱比锡是德国的奥斯汀还是德国的底特律呢?是那种吸引二十多岁的时髦客定居的地方还是一个生活艰辛之城,聚焦局部的复兴,听任其他部分慢慢生锈败落?

The answer lies somewhere between. Apartments in Leipzig are indeed still affordable: you can rent aone-bedroom in a historic building for under $500. If you're on a very tight budget, basic studios in city fringe high-rises start as low as $175.

答案是:介于两者之间。莱比锡的房租确实还是可以接受的:仅需不到500美元就可以在老建筑里租到一间一居室的公寓。如果你经济上特别拮据,城郊高层里的单间公寓起价低至175美元。

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