Lots of People know Maastricht of the elegant, touristic centre. Not many people outside the city knows the rough side of it. That area was where we got a tour of Erwin Gerardu communicaties advisor of the municipality. He tells about the development of this area.
In renovating old buildings they often discovered old remains. That shows the long history of this city. The industrial development of the Netherlands started here.
This region was very apropiate for ceramic industry. Nowadays the buildings are empty. That gave a chance to create a new future. A rook som time to find the municipality and other stakeholders to join this plan for development. They were organisations like nature organisations, artists who work and live her, the citizens and organisations that take care of the history of this city. They wanted to give them all a voice in the planning. It worked like that because they all wanted to work on this area. The initiators were faithful and believed in what could happen.
We hear in this story a dream that is attractive for all stakeholders. There are a lot of young starting entrepreneurs that will find space in this old renovated buildings. In the plans they create space for infrastructure, green zones and cultural functions. Check out www.belvedere-maastricht.nl At the end of the morning we visited the old building of Sfynx and climbed up to the topfloor for a panaromic view.
In the Netherlands there are shelters for homeless people. Often those men and women are not only homeless but have a bigger problem: addiction, psychic illness or even a combination of both.. You can understand that working in these shelters is quiet challenging. Staff is easily burnt out or they even resign their jobs after a short period of work. ‘How can I keep them on board?’, was the question the manager asked me.