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.theguardian - 27 days ago

Can local walking groups help solve urban issues?

Dutch cities are using wijkwandelingen, or neighbourhoods walks, as a hyperlocal way of improving cities, from fixing signs to adding playgrounds “This street sign is crooked,” notes Henny Koot, then stoops down to straighten it.We are in Spoorwijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague. “Spoorwijk is a very special neighbourhood. It’s a green space where children can play safely in the playgrounds, where entrepreneurs from different cultures have set up shop. People care about each other,” explains Koot, who chairs a local community organisation. Spoorwijk may be a caring neighbourhood, but the it’s part of Laak, The Hague’s smallest district – as well as one of its poorest and most diverse. The average annual income of its 6,500 residents is €16,300 (£14,225) – about €1,350 (£1,180) a month. In 2017, 67.3% of the inhabitants of Spoorwijk were of non-Dutch background – the majoritymost from Surinam, but also many from Turkey and Moroccofollowed by Turks and Moroccans. Continue reading...

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