Kwaliteitssprong Zuid. Ontwikkeling vanuit kracht. Eindadvies Team Deetman/ Mans over aanpak Rotterdam-Zuid. Werkendam: Avant GCP. Uitermark, J. () . In that time, I’ve travelled further south than Kop van Zuid, the published the report “Quality Leap Zuid” (Kwaliteitssprong Zuid) that concluded. Client(s)/ Commissioning party. Funded by Zuid Werkt! Nationaal programma Kwaliteitssprong Zuid and the European Unie in the context of the FP7-Incontext .

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How Rotterdam Reconnected Its Most Isolated Neighborhood – Next City

By focusing on education, employment and living environment, the neighborhood of Zuid is finding new life. The Dutch evening news rarely focuses on crimes like rape, murder or theft. Still, these things do happen. In Rotterdam, they mostly happen south of the River Maas.

This is no coincidence. Rotterdam grew on either side of the River Maas in completely different ways. Historically, the north xuid held the city center and mixed residential areas.

How Rotterdam Reconnected Its Most Isolated Neighborhood

Until the late s, Zuid developed almost autonomously, with growing concentrations of poverty and crime. Inthe Erasmus Bridge was constructed, physically linking the two sides, with the clear intention of socially re-joining the city as well.

Nearly two decades later, however, Zuid remains a separate entity. According to the research, nine percent of residents in Zuid often feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods. For the entire city of Rotterdam, that figure is closer to five percent. In Zuid, nearly 35 percent of business owners report sometimes feeling unsafe, while in the rest of Rotterdam, that figure is more than ten points lower, at 23 percent.


Inthe safety index rating veijligsheidindex for Rotterdam kwaliteitsaprong a respectable 7. For Zuid, the rating was 6. Led by the municipality in collaboration with private partners, Pact op Zuid was responsible for a number of projects in Zuid like the Creative FactoryKlushuizen as well as sports fields and school playgrounds. Eventually, however, a fundamental difference of opinions within the Pact op Zuid team began to slow the redevelopment process.

In Kwaliteotssprong17 public and private partners signed the project plan Zuid Works Zuid Werkt and, beginning in Julyput their promises into practice. This team became the core of the NPRZ and currently focuses on three main areas: The hope is that together, these improvements can have a trickle-down effect, raising the kwaluteitssprong of living and reducing crime across the seven focus districts in Zuid.

For the kwsliteitssprong two years, the NPRZ has been gathering momentum. Most projects are being implemented on schedule. Schools involved in the program have extended teaching hours and 18 of the 34 schools in the focus districts now offer children six to ten hours of extra lessons per week. Last year, implementation of a new program called Career Start Guarantees courses with a job guarantee after completion proved difficult. This year, the NPRZ team members hope to make a number of agreements with private companies to make this attractive plan a reality.

Another program within the NPRZ helps match unemployed residents with suitable work, reducing the number of welfare-dependents and preventing benefits fraud.

Nationaal Programma Kwaliteitssprong Rotterdam Zuid

In autumnthe government, community and local corporations signed a voluntary agreement to invest million euros in large housing projects. While Zuid currently has 35, homes that need serious renovation, the project will begin with 4, homes within the focus districts.


Kwaliteirssprong the next three years, million euros will be invested in renovation, demolition and new construction throughout Zuid. The thing about Zuid is, the potential in this area is almost incalculable. Artists are attracted by the low rents and unused spaces, while creative entrepreneurs zuiid started some of the best coffee shops and hand-crafted goods stores in the city.

The former industrial spaces have a punk aesthetic that is almost impossible to find elsewhere in the city. The social challenges, however, mean that these urban pioneers must be brave.

Most inhabitants leave Zuid as soon as their financial circumstances make it kwaliteitsslrong, leaving the area marooned in poverty. For the NPRZ to have any effect at all, local residents will need to invest as much as the government.

The rest of Rotterdam also has an investment to make: The result of this combined effort could be a city that offers the best of all worlds: Not a bad deal, if we are willing to make it. Sign Up Daily Weekly.

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