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Modern Sopot can be placed in the years after 1990 when communism in Poland was abolished and a new government was elected. The newly elected city council, together with the new mayor, took a different look at the future development of the town. It was then when it was decided that Sopot should regain its name as a health resort. In the beginning, small investments took off, as mostly private owners took the initiative by restoring several buildings, and building a new restaurant or pub. The city modernized the main street and the walking path in the park. A few years later, new investments and money started to pour into Sopot. New hotels, an aqua park, sports hall and new residential buildings were built, and the trend still continues today. The architecture was changed and the simple design characteristics of the communist era of straight concrete masses were replaced by pre war styles. There is of course many misunderstandings about the communist era, as the idea behind this simple design was fast production and in large quantities, so that nobody was without a place to live. After 1990, the city made a great effort to restore historic apartment buildings. New single buildings and housing projects were erected, all being carefully arranged in reference to previous, pre war styles. After years of planning, downtown is being reconstructed. The spa house, which was burnt after the war, was rebuilt in 2008 together with shops, restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment centre. The entire complex is called the Haffner Center . The relatively stable local government allows continuing, steady modernization.
In creating new buildings, inspiration is taken from the renaissance, baroque and gothic styles, and usually ideas from various epochs are mixed in, and very often enriched by local folk forms. Due to the restriction and watchful eye of local conservators, all new designs have to be incorporated into the surrounding architecture. Because Sopot is restricted on all borders, it cannot experience growth as a town. As a result, a limited number of apartments and houses makes the housing price one of the highest in the country. The first villa in the Tri City that sold for over 1 million USD was in Sopot and those who want to live in Sopot have to pay higher and higher prices. Of course, the popularity of Sopot attracts people from everywhere, mainly wealthy people who are willing to pay any price. In 1999, Sopot regained the status of a health resort. Health care and medical services are on par with the highest standards, with many doctors and clinics. The city pays for many services, including dental care in schools. In order to cut pollution, all old heating systems based on burning coal in buildings was replaced by new and more efficient natural gas. Solar power is also used in many places. For example, the entire Lesnik sanatorium is powered by solar energy. There is no heavy industry in Sopot, as people are usually employed in service sectors, and most income to the city treasury comes from tourists, as about 2 million newcomers every year, bringing in plenty of income, and making restaurants, pubs, and hotels very busy during summer. There are 7500 different businesses registered in Sopot, mostly offices of big companies from the Tri City area, as a result, the unemployment rate is the lowest in the entire country.